Phrasal Verbs Using 'Back'

Back away

Retreat or go backwards

Example:The crowd BACKED AWAY when the man pulled a knife.

Back down

Retract or withdraw your position or proposal in an argument

Example:She refused to BACK DOWN and was fired.

Back into

Enter a parking area in reverse gear

Example:He prefers to BACK his car INTO the garage.

Back off


Example:The police told the protesters to BACK OFF.

Back out

Fail to keep an arrangement or promise

Example:He BACKED OUT two days before the holiday so we gave the ticket to his sister

Back out of

Fail to keep an agreement, arrangement

Example:She BACKED OUT OF the agreement at the last minute.

Back out of

Exit a parking area in reverse gear

Example:She BACKED the Rolls OUT OF its parking space.

Back up

Make a copy of computer data

Example:You should always BACK UP important files and documents so that you won't lose all your work if something goes wrong with the hardware.

Back up


Example:The rest of the staff BACKED her UP when she complained about working conditions.

Back up

Drive a vehicle backwards

Example:Tom BACKED UP without looking and ran over his laptop.