Back Down

Back Down

Infinitive: Back Down
Present Tense: Back Down/ Backs Down
-ing Form: Backing Down
Past Tense: Backed Down
Past Participle: Backed Down
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in one way
  1. 1

    To withdraw your position in a fight, argument, plan, etc.

    The item at the auction was so popular that no one backed down until the price reached $1 billion.
    He backed down in the argument out of respect for his mother.

Back Down
  1. The assailant _______ _____ when the police arrived.
  2. She _______ ____ when she realized she was wrong.
  3. I love watching battle dancing because neither team _______ _____, making for an intense competition.
  4. Although she is the only female partner in the firm, she never ______ ______ when some of the other male partners try to undermine her.
  5. The rats in NYC are so relentless that they don't _____ _____ from any deterrent. It can be an ongoing war trying to solve the problem.

Watch the news about people not Backing Down on something

  1. What was the video clip about?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • The assailant backed down when the police arrived.
    She backed down when she realized she was wrong.
    I love watching battle dancing because neither team backs down, making for an intense competition.
    Although she is the only female partner in the firm, she never backs down when some of the other male partners try to undermine her.
    The rats in NYC are so relentless that they don’t back down from any deterrent. It can be an ongoing war trying to solve the problem.

  • LOIEnglish

    Good!

  • Yuri Manzhos

    It was about my beloved country:)

  • Yuri Manzhos

    No phrasal verb “back down” I can hear in the clip. What a shame!

  • LOIEnglish

    It is true they don’t use ‘back down’ in the video. It shows the meaning of ‘back down’ but no one uses it. Here is a song by Tom Petty that uses it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvlTJrNJ5lA for your pleasure.

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