backward step

See: decline
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For this fell purpose he had backed the astounded De Vac twice around the hall when, with a clever feint, and backward step, the master of fence drew the King into the position he wanted him, and with the suddenness of lightning, a little twist of his foil sent Henry's weapon clanging across the floor of the armory.
Little dreaming of the doom to which his first backward step devotes him, he hurries away, breathless with agitation hitherto unfelt, and hardly dares turn his head at the distant corner.
Instead his right fist was clenched and as The Sheik took a backward step, astonished by the sudden materialization of this strange apparition apparently out of clear air, the heavy fist landed full upon his mouth backed by the weight of the young giant and the terrific power of his more than human muscles.
Possibly, in deference to the occasion, possibly, in defiance of the weather, the captain had taken another backward step toward the days of his youth.
Before the officers had taken a dozen backward steps the men were upon them.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We believe this is a backward step as the ability to charge people for unacceptable behaviour will be compromised.
They showed fantastic character, never took a backward step and to score two brilliant late tries gives us confidence going into next week.
A backward step WHILE any initiative, however overdue, directed towards the encouragement of breeding Classic and staying thoroughbreds has to be welcomed, the criteria announced by the BHA for the new juvenile races are, to say the least, surprising.
Being forced to accommodate Rooney because of his name and wages, when he can't hold down a United shirt and doesn't really have a natural position any more, would surely be a backward step for a side that already has issues with a few overblown reputations and ageing legs.
NASSER Hussain believes England's selectors would be taking a backward step if they recalled Ian Bell for the winter Test tours to Bangladesh and India.
Robert Armstrong SPORT: Matt Ritchie has dismissed suggestions he has made a backward step by swapping AFC Bournemouth for Newcastle United.
This would be a backward step for animal welfare and a threat to British wildlife.
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