intr.v. back·ped·aled or back·ped·alled, back·ped·al·ing or back·ped·al·ling, back·ped·als
1. To move the pedals of a bicycle or similar vehicle backward, especially to apply a brake.
2. To move backward by taking short quick steps, as in boxing or football.
3. To retreat or withdraw from a position or attitude: The senator later backpedaled on the issue. Thesaurus
1. backpedal - pedal backwards on a bicycle
bicycle, bike, pedal, wheel, cycle - ride a bicycle
2. backpedal - step backwards, in boxing
step - shift or move by taking a step; "step back"
3. backpedal - modify one' opinion, make it less strong
rethink - change one's mind; "He rethought his decision to take a vacation