Phrasal Verb BACK
The phrasal verb back is listed below along with an exercise for you
to check your understanding. I recommend looking over the list then doing the exercise that follows.
BACK AWAY = move in backward direction; retreat
They backed away from the boy wielding a knife not wanting to get stabbed.
BACK DOWN = stop defending yourself or your opinion
Christina never backs down. She loves to argue and usually wins.
BACK INTO = enter a parking space or hit something in reverse gear
He backed in the fire hydrant because he couldn't see it in the rear view
BACK OFF = retreat; make space
You better back off a little if you want me to start serving this crowd
BACK OUT = A. go in reverse direction B. to not keep a promise or to not show up
A. She backed out of the garage carefully to avoid scratching the paint.
B. The band backed out of the concert but we got a refund for the tickets.
BACK UP = A. support B. copy C. move backwards, reverse
A. Good thing John was there to back up your storey.
B. Back up your files onto a CD so you don't lose them.
C. Could you back up a little so I can see the screen, please?
Phrasal verb BACK Exercise
Choose from the drop down menu the word(s) that best complete the phrasal verbs below.
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