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verb (backslides, backsliding, backslid)
  1. To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state.
    He felt better for a little while, before his condition started to .
  2. To shirk responsibility; to renege on one's obligations or commitments.
    Rich countries are backsliding on their commitment to agree to new WTO measures to help people in poor countries gain access to affordable medicines. — Oxfam press release, 24 June 2002
    Etymology: From back + slide

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