back out


1. withdraw from something or decide not to fulfill a promise






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back out of something at the last minute

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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. 

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  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.

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  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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