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    Back Off

    I wonder if there is an error here:

    "The New York Knicks owner and MSG el jefe apparently ordered the Knick City Dancers to back off their scheduled routines during New York’s embarrassing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night."

    What does "to back off" mean here?


    context info: sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/knick-owner-james-dolan-reportedly-erupts-during-bad-162549027--nba.html

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    Re: Back Off

    Quote Originally Posted by sovie View Post
    I wonder if there is an error here:

    "The New York Knicks owner and MSG el jefe apparently ordered the Knick City Dancers to back off their scheduled routines during New York’s embarrassing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night."

    What does "to back off" mean here?


    context info: sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/knick-owner-james-dolan-reportedly-erupts-during-bad-162549027--nba.html
    It normally means "to withdraw", "to retreat". In this use it sounds as if the big shots stopped their routines, which are normally celebratory, because the team was doing so poorly.

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    Re: Back Off

    According to dictionaries, the phrase "back off" is intransitive. But the usage in the example is definitely transitive ("to back off the routines"). Would "to back off FROM their scheduled routines...." be better?

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    Re: Back Off

    Clone of banned user.

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