Backdown



a withdrawal from a previously held position, especially in the face of superior power or upon further consideration.
Historical Examples

The “minute-men” declared Mr. Toombs’ letter was a backdown.
Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall

Hard words and a wrangle followed, but Smith did not change expression, and there was a backdown.
Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman

It looks first-rate to a fellow that hasn’t got any backdown in him.
Romance of California Life

John Habberton

Mr. Greeley’s “On to Richmond” backdown was not more sad to me, not half so sad.
The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2) Ida Husted Harper

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