backtrack on something—reverse one’s position or policy, especially as a result of other people’s opposition:
- He has backtracked on what he told the public during his campaign.
Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase be back on track—return to one’s normal activities:
- Within a few months, she was back on track, selling to Canadian shops through a distributor.
track back to something—follow smth. back to its source:
- We will need to be able to track back to key decisions, and understand why and how they were made.