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Back off from something vs Back out of something

back off from somethingwithdraw from smth. one has promised or agreed to do:

  • Schultz continues to resent Syria’s backing off from a peace agreement.

back out of something1. move out of smth. backwards:

  • He slowly backed out of the room keeping his eye on the angry dog all the time.

2. = back off from something:

  • Buying at auction can be risky, in part because buyers can’t back out of the sale.