Simple past tense and past participle of backpedal.(verb)
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Use "backpedaled" in a sentence
"Sarah Palin backpedaled so fast on that first statement that it should really terrify everyone - how is it not obvious yet that this woman will say anything about anyone just to keep the spotlight on herself?"
"Then he kind of backpedaled a little bit, and said well why don ` t you two, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Netanyahu, when he was here at the White House, all three of them together, why don ` t ` you move forward anyway with these talks, these peace talks, not let the settlement issue derail those talks."
"I mean if you -- if you think about the fact there are many folks out there who believe Barack Obama kind of backpedaled his way into his foreign policy positions with respect to meeting with rogue leaders without preconditions."