Learn common phrasal verbs with BACK in English.
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- Meaning: Become less aggressive, particularly when one had appeared committed to act
- Example: You need to back off, or the situation could turn ugly.
- Meaning: Lower the setting of
- Example: Could you back off the volume a bit? It’s really loud.
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- Meaning: Reverse a vehicle onto something
- Example: The car backed onto my toe.
- Meaning: Overlook something from the rear
- Example: My house backs onto the canal.
- Meaning: Reverse a vehicle from a confined space
- Example: He backed out of the garage.
- Meaning: Withdraw from something one has agreed to do
- Example: She backed out of organizing the fund-raising.
- Meaning: Undo a change
- Example: I had to back out the changes made to the computer when it became apparent that they had stopped it working properly.
- Meaning: Move backwards, especially for a vehicle to do so
- Example: That beeping sound indicates that the truck is backing up.
- Meaning: Move a vehicle backward
- Example: Back up the car a little, you’re blocking the driveway.
- Meaning: Undo one’s actions
- Example: I couldn’t see how to finish the project, so I backed up and tried it another way.
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- Meaning: Reconsider one’s thoughts
- Example: This isn’t working. Let’s back up and think about it.
- Meaning: Copy (data) as a security measure
- Example: Back up your documents folder before applying the update.
- Meaning: Provide support or the promise of support
- Example: You should be careful. This guy is backed up by the local gang.
- Meaning: Halt the flow or movement of something
- Example: When I flushed the toilet, the plumbing backed up and burst.