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back out

Meaning: If you back out of something like an agreement or a deal, you decide not to follow through on it.

Synonym: pull out

For example:

  • back out Our boss had agreed to increase our wages this year, but the economy went bad and he backed out, claiming his profits had fallen too much.

  • back out of sth The government backed out of its pledge to build more schools, saying it needed the money for war weapons instead.

Quick Quiz:

The company backed out of the deal, saying it was
  1. an excellent deal
  2. no longer possible
  3. pleased with the agreement

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