What is a backdown?

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Today's backdown is a vote of no-confidence in the Employment Advocate by his new minister.
After Saturday's first public sign of a backdown, the director has confirmed that talks have resumed.
Hard words and a wrangle followed, but Smith did not change expression, and there was a backdown.
Port workers in Madras who spoke to our reporters were angry at the union backdown.
Labor says the Prime Minister's been forced into an embarrassing backdown, labelling it a victory for commonsense.
The backdown followed a series of protests by people in rural and regional communities.

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