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English Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs with BACK

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example
Back away Move backwards in fear or dislike When the attacker saw the dog, he backed away.
Back down Withdraw; concede defeat Local authorities backed down on their plans to demolish the cinema.
Back down Stop defending your opinion Jenny never backs down. She loves debating and usually wins.
Back into Reverse a vehicle into a space Tom backed his car into a parking space.
Back into Hit something when reversing a vehicle Lisa backed into the fire hydrant that she couldn’t see in the rear view mirror.
Back off Retreat; become less aggressive The thugs backed off when they saw the police.
Back onto Reverse a vehicle onto something Jack backed the van onto the path.
Back onto Overlook from the back Their house backs onto the beach.
Back out Not keep a promise; decide not to do something agreed on You promised to help. Please don't back out at the last minute!
Back out of Withdraw from an agreement He backed out of the Paris agreement.
Back out of Reverse a vehicle out of a space. Nora backed the car out of the garage.
Back up Support or defend If I tell the boss we've got too much work, will you back me up?
Back up Copy a computer document as a security measure It is recommended to back up all files for safety purposes.
Back up Reverse a vehicle towards or against something The car beeped as he backed it up against the wall.

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