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BACKPEDAL [2 records]

Record 1 2010-04-01

English

Subject field(s)
  • Political Science (General)
  • Human Behaviour
  • Translation (General)
DEF

To back down from or reverse a previous opinion or stand.

CONT

A politician backpedaling on an earlier promise.

CONT

"... the word on the street ... is that nobody ever gets cured of AIDS. But this study means that at least some people live a long time." He draws up a bar graph to summarize the study on a new slide, then backpedals a bit: "I'm not sure this study's true. I'm not sure it's etched in stone that some people are not going to have progressive disease."

French

Domaine(s)
  • Sciences politiques (Généralités)
  • Comportement humain
  • Traduction (Généralités)
DEF

Changer d'avis, revenir sur sa décision, sa promesse.

CONT

Il semblait décidé mais il s'est ravisé au dernier moment.

Spanish

Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Ciencias políticas (Generalidades)
  • Comportamiento humano
  • Traducción (Generalidades)
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Record 2 1995-11-28

English

Subject field(s)
  • North American Football

French

Domaine(s)
  • Football nord-américain

Spanish

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