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take back (3) Informal

Meaning: If you take back something you said, you admit that you said the wrong thing and withdraw your comments.

Synonym: withdraw

For example:

  • take back sth After the argument with his wife, David said, "I'm sorry I said those awful things and I take back everything I said."

  • take sth back Billy said Danny's brother was stupid, so Danny got him in a headlock and squeezed tighter and tighter until Billy said, "OK! OK! I take it back!"

Quick Quiz:

Clint demanded that the guy take back what he'd said because he thought the guy had
  1. insulted him
  2. promised him
  3. praised him

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