how to pronounce backslide

bækslaɪd

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meanings of backslide

verb:

  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.

noun:

  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.