how to pronounce backpedal


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backpedal is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of backpedal in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… to backpedal on efforts to get back to …”

meanings of backpedal


  1. To step backwards.
  2. To distance oneself from an earlier claim or statement; back off from an idea.
  3. To pedal backwards on a bicycle.

backpedal frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word backpedal occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics backpedal can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that backpedal can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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