back out

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. an excellent deal

b. no longer possible

c. pleased with the agreement

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Contributor: Matt Errey