"row back" -- eggcorn?

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 23 22:13:51 UTC 2010

"Row back" in the sense used here is a commonly used term in British English.

Here's an example:
Tories row back on Cameron's public sector pensions warning


On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 4:45 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> Another gem from today's MetroBoston (p, 6, col. 3), article on
> possible TSA reconsideration of air passenger screening methods:
> "Coming amid public and political pressure, Pistole's comments
> appeared to row back from a Sunday interview in which he said there
> were no plans to scale back procedures that travelers have criticized
> as invasive and a violation of privacy rights."
> I can only guess that "roll back" was sought for and not found.
> Joel
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