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Old November 10, 2009, 06:31 AM
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Dar marcha atrás

Does this mean renege? I think it does, but I'm not sure.
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Old November 10, 2009, 06:46 AM
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"dar marcha atrás" has always the same meaning, to go back, to put the reverse, to back up, to shift the rear gear.
I don't know what "renege" is.
- El coche se encontró con un obstáculo, así que dió marcha atrás y tomó otro camino

El gobierno quiso implantar las reformas, pero al convocarse con éxito una gran huelga, dió marcha atrás y no las implantó

- No quero aceptar ese puesto, gano menos dinero, es una marcha atrás en mi carrera

It has also a sexual meaning, but I would not explain it here. Guess it

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