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to back away (phrasal verb)
- (intransitive) To move in a direction opposite where one is facing, keeping some (or most) of your attention on the thing in front being avoided.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Thinks I to myself, “Sol, you're run off your course again. This is a rich man's summer ‘cottage’ […].” So I started to back away again into the bushes. But I hadn't backed more'n a couple of yards when I see something so amazing that I couldn't help scooching down behind the bayberries and looking at it.