To move away (as from a stand on an issue or from a commitment).
back off / ˈbæk ˈɒf /
When you move away from danger or a person you are arguing or fighting with in order to avoid injury or a more serious fight or argument, you back off. When you tell people to back off, you are warning them that you are becoming angry and that a fight or argument is likely.
ETYM Latin de + via way, road.
1. To be at variance with; be out of line with; SYN. vary, diverge, depart.
2. To cause to turn away from a previous or expected course.
3. To turn aside; turn away from; SYN. divert.
1. To go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
2. To make (someone) retire
3. To withdraw from active participation:; SYN. withdraw.
4. To withdraw from circulation or form the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds.
5. To lose interest; SYN. withdraw.
6. To dispose of; as of old clothes; SYN. pension off.
7. (Baseball) To; SYN. put out.