to move away from something or stop supporting something.
Our supervisor wanted us to start working on Sundays but after everyone complained he backed away from the idea.
The government has backed away from plans to increase taxes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The idiom ‘back away from (something/someone)’ means “to deal with a difficult situation without being harmed or damaged”
Example usage of idiom ‘back away from (something/someone)’: Newspapers have weathered the storm of online information by providing news online themselves.