LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||05/JUL/2007 8:07 PM|
|Assunto:||back down = backpedal?|
Does it have the same connotation as backpedaling does?
to backpedal = to back down from or reverse a previous opinion or stand <a politician backpedaling on an earlier promise>
In no uncertain terms M-W's sentence example tells a story. The old con-artist politician so actively has lead us voters a fine dance. Where did that promised truckload of red, six-holed bricks go and did the five sacks of mix cement that he promised to give for free last year ever make it to our backyard? Did any of the highly-paid jobs he promised us ever mature? Why do all the potholes our recently elected mayor told us poor, voting fools that he would fix in no time sooner still grow wider and wider? And last but not least, have the country police ever devised a way to effectively stop violence?
To backpedal = to retreat from or reverse one's previous stand on any matter; shift ground
They've done a lot of backpedaling over the years. Give each one of them a bycicle, and they would have worn its wheel rims thin.
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