pedal ( pedals plural & 3rd person present) ( pedalling present participle) ( pedalled past tense & past participle )
in AM, use pedaling, pedaled
1 n-count The pedals on a bicycle are the two parts that you push with your feet in order to make the bicycle move.
2 verb When you pedal a bicycle, you push the pedals around with your feet to make it move.
She climbed on her bike with a feeling of pride and pedalled the five miles home... V n
She was too tired to pedal back. V adv/prep
3 n-count A pedal in a car or on a machine is a lever that you press with your foot in order to control the car or machine. ...the brake or accelerator pedals.
back-pedal ( back-pedals 3rd person present) ( back-pedalling present participle) ( back-pedalled past tense & past participle ) , backpedal
The forms back-pedaling and back-pedaled are used in American English.
1 verb If you back-pedal, you express a different or less forceful opinion about something from the one you have previously expressed.
Allen back-pedalled, saying that he had had no intention of offending them... V
He appeared to back-pedal on that statement. V on n
2 verb If you say that someone back-pedals, you disapprove of their behaviour because they are not doing what they promised., (disapproval)
She's backpedaled twice already... V
The cabinet may backpedal on these commitments. V on/from n
...Britain's back-pedalling on reforms.
gas pedal ( gas pedals plural ) Thegas pedal is another name for the accelerator.
(mainly AM) n-count usu the N
pedal bin ( pedal bins plural ) A pedal bin is a container for waste, usually in a kitchen or bathroom. It has a lid which is controlled by a pedal that you press with your foot.
soft-pedal ( soft-pedals 3rd person present) ( soft-pedalling present participle) ( soft-pedalled past tense & past participle )
in AM, use soft-pedaling, soft-pedaled If you soft-pedal something, you deliberately reduce the amount of activity or pressure that you have been using to get something done or seen. verb
He refused to soft-pedal an investigation into the scandal. V n, Also V on n