back off

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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to abandon a stance)
a. echarse atrás
We decided to back off from our proposal because it would've been too costly.Decidimos echarnos atrás de nuestra propuesta, porque habría sido demasiado costosa.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(to retreat)
a. retroceder
Don't come any closer. Back off or I'll shoot.No se acerquen. Retrocedan o disparo.
3. (to stop harassing someone)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It's been a long day. Please, just back off.Ha sido un largo día. Por favor, déjame en paz.
What's with all the questions? Back off already.¿Por qué tantas preguntas? Déjame de una vez.
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back off
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (move back)
a. echarse atrás
2. (fig)
b off!¡déjame en paz!
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back off
(stop exerting pressure) echarse atrás; dar marcha atrás;from en; (withdraw) retirarse
back off! ¡déjame en paz!; ¡déjame estar!
Back off, Mom, I'm old enough to make my own decisions
she asked him to back off and give her some space le pidió que no le estuviera encima y la dejara respirar
the government has backed off from its decision el gobierno se ha echado atrás or el gobierno ha dado marcha atrás en su decisión
to close the mines
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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