retroceder ante

A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (withdraw from a place)
a. to retreat in the face of
Nuestro gran ejército jamás retrocederá ante un enemigo, sin importar cuán formidable sea.Our great army will never retreat in the face of an enemy, no matter how formidable it may be.
b. to retreat before
El general británico fue fuertemente criticado en los medios por retroceder ante las tropas alemanas.The British general was harshly criticized in the media for retreating before the German forces.
c. to pull back in the face of
Los forajidos retrocedieron ante el equipo de comandos enviado para apresarlos.The outlaws pulled back in the face of the team of rangers who were sent to arrest them.
d. to back up in the face of
La pequeña hiena retrocedió ante el león que se acercó a robarle su presa.The small hyena backed up in the face of the lion that came to steal its prey.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to give up)
a. to back down in the face of
El gobierno se vio forzado a retroceder ante la oposición casi universal a su plan de reforma educativa.The government was forced to back down in the face of nearly universal opposition to its education reform plan.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to avoid)
a. to shrink back from
Julio nunca toma riesgos y siempre retrocede ante el peligro.Julio never takes risks and always shrinks back from danger.
b. to shrink from
No podemos retroceder ante la gran responsabilidad que nuestro pueblo ha puesto sobre nuestros hombros.We cannot shrink from the great responsibility our people have put on our shoulders.
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