Idiom:  back off


Idiom:  back off

  • to not do something you planned on doing

Example sentences

  • I worked really hard on the project for the past two weeks but my boss told me to back off it until our clients have paid their invoice.
  • If you back off punishing Samantha for stealing, she'll never change and won't take you seriously again. 
  • Let's back off the launch until we're sure we can deliver the product on time.
  • Unfortunately, we have to back off buying a house until next year. My husband's company may be merging with another and we're not sure what impact that might have on his job.
  • My son has backed off moving to San Francisco until he's saved a little more money.
  • We've backed off hiring Mr Johnson because we're concerned by some of the comments his references have made about his work performance.
  • My doctor told me to back off spicy foods to see if that helps reduce my acid reflux.
  • Tell the marketing team to back off using really thin models in the future.
  • You need to back off nagging our kids. Tell them to do something once and then discipline right away if they misbehave.


  • give up

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