how to pronounce backslide


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backslide is pronounced in two syllables

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meanings of backslide


  1. To shirk responsibility; to renege on one's obligations or commitments.
  2. To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state. He felt better for a little while, before his condition started to backslide.


  1. A dance move in which the feet are alternately slid back and the heels lifted, giving the illusion of walking forwards while actually moving backwards; later popularly called the moonwalk.
  2. A backward regression; a reverting back to a worse state.

backslide frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word backslide 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 backslide 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 backslide can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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