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    Smile Back off!

    Back off!
    Get out!



    Are the above identical in meaning? Thanks.


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    Re: Back off!

    No.

    Back off = stop confronting me.

    Get out = leave this place immediately.

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    Re: Back off!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    No.

    Back off = stop confronting me.

    Get out = leave this place immediately.
    Thanks, Anglika.
    I thought they were all the same all my life!
    Are there other alternate ways to say "Back off?" If not, I find it hard to distinguish it from "Get out here" because I find it really close to "Get out here?'

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    Re: Back off!

    Hi angliholic,

    There are a few alternative ways to say "back off":

    back down = reverse one's upward course, descend, as in

    When she saw the asps' nest on the top of the roof, she hastily backed down the ladder.

    chicken out = back out from fear, loose one's nerve, as in

    In the end I chickened out and look the easier rote down the mountain.

    pull out = leave, depart, as in

    The bus puled out at noon.

    withdraw from an undertaking, as in

    After the crash many investors pulled out of the market.

    bow out = depart, withdraw, resign, as in

    After five years as chairman, I felt it was time I bowed out.

    Regards.

    V.

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