back off phrasal

back off phrasal
verb (I) especially AmE
1 to move backwards, away from something: Back off, you're crowding me.
2 to stop trying to force someone to do or think something: I think you should back off for a while and leave Alan to make his own decision.
3 to gradually stop taking part in something or supporting something: Jerry backed off when he realized how much work was involved.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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