climb down

phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word forms "climb down":
present tense I/you/we/they climb down he/she/it climbs down present participle climbing down past tense climbed down past participle climbed down British
to admit that you were wrong, especially after expressing an opinion or argument very firmly

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  • climb-down — noun a retraction of a previously held position • Syn: ↑withdrawal, ↑backdown • Derivationally related forms: ↑back down (for: ↑backdown), ↑withdraw (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • climb-down — n. (BE) retreat a climb down from (a climb down from an untenable position) * * * (BE) [ retreat ] a climb down from (a climb down from an untenable position) …   Combinatory dictionary


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