Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

back out

back out
Meaning(s)
1) withdraw from something or decide not to fulfill a promise
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • back out of something at the last minute
  • Analysis

    When you 'back out' of a course of action or an ongoing task or project, you leave it or decide not to pursue it any further. To 'back out' can mean to reverse a vehicle or to reverse a decision.  This is usually used when the person 'backing out' did so unexpectedly, an action resulting in other people being let down or disappointed. 

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Despite giving me his word that he would come to the party, John backed out at the last minute.
    2. I decided to back out of the surgery because there were too many risks involved.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We signed a contract, so if you back out of the deal now I will take you to court!
    2. Despite our major investor backing out, we believe that the business will be up and running by the end of the year.
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