Meaning of back-pedal
Pronunciation: (bak'ped"l), [key]
— -aled, -al•ing -alled, -al•ling.
- to retard the forward motion by pressing backward on the pedal, esp. of a bicycle with coaster brakes.
- to retreat from or reverse one's previous stand on any matter; shift ground: to back-pedal after severe criticism.
- to retreat from an opponent, esp. by stepping rapidly backward.
- back-pedal (Thesaurus)