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back down

Meaning: to decide not to do something because of opposition, or because of pressure from authorities

For example:

  • back down Thousands of people protested against the government's decision to allow logging in the forest, so the government had to back down.

  • back down on sth The workers didn't back down on their demands for higher wages even though the company threatened to sack them.

Quick Quiz:

The anti-war protesters wanted the government to back down on its decision to
  1. start a war in Iraq
  2. end the war in Iraq
  3. prevent future wars

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