Backpedal strikes a funny tone, while re__ge strikes a serious one.
Like it sounds, to backpedal is to try to back up and fix a mistake, change what you said, or entirely take back what you said.
"Secretary of State David Whitley spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since his office questioned the citizenship of thousands of Texas voters since 1996. But the state quickly backpedaled after discovering scores of voters were wrongly flagged."
Explain the meaning of "backpedal" without saying "walk it back" or "retract."
Fill in the blanks: "(Realizing or remembering) (some fact), (someone) backpedalled on (his or her) (assessment or description of something, or promise or commitment to do something)."
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1. A near opposite of BACKPEDAL is
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