- move the pedals of a bicycle backwards (formerly to brake).；reverse one's previous action or opinion
verb: back-pedal, 3rd person present: back-pedals, gerund or present participle: back-pedalling, past tense: back-pedalled, past participle: back-pedalled
- 1. move the pedals of a bicycle backwards (formerly to brake).
- 2. reverse one's previous action or opinion:
Boyd quickly back-pedalled when asked to explain her suggestion
- 3. move hastily backwards:
Cook forced the goalkeeper to back-pedal and push a shot over the bar