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- She said I couldn't park over there and I was obliged to back the car up.
In this sentence the meaning of "to back up" is, if I am correct, to shift the car by going backwards...is it correct?
Now, my question is this: is it possible to use "to back up" with a figurative meaning, such for istance in this sort of sentece:
- She had made up her mind to go to the party but suddenly she backed her idea/her decision up. (what I want to mean is "to retrace one's steps - "to change one's mind").
In this case, to "back up" an idea means to support an idea, with evidence or arguments in its favor.
She had made up her mind to go to the party but suddenly she
backed her idea/her decision upbacked off.
You can use 'back off' which means to retreat or withdraw.
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