Pronunciation: (bak'ped"l), [key]
—v.i., -aled, -al•ing or (esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling.
1. to retard the forward motion by pressing backward on the pedal, esp. of a bicycle with coaster brakes.
2. to retreat from or reverse one's previous stand on any matter; shift ground: to back-pedal after severe criticism.
3. Boxing.to retreat from an opponent, esp. by stepping rapidly backward.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.