avert, avoid, back down, balance, balk, balloon sail, batten, bear off, blench, blink, boggle, cringe, debate, deliberate, demur, dodge, draw aside, draw back, duck, ease off, edge off, evade, fade, fall back, falter, fear, fight shy, flinch, fly off, fly-by-night, flying kites, fore gaff-topsail, fore topgallant sail, fore-skysail, fore-topmast staysail, fore-topsail, foreroyal, foresail, forestaysail, gag, gee, glance, glance off, go off, hang back, haw, head off, hem and haw, hesitate, hover, hum and haw, jenny, jigger, jump, jump a mile, leg-of-mutton sail, loose-footed sail, lug, main gaff-topsail, main royal, main skysail, main-royal staysail, main-topsail, mainsail, make way for, mizzen, mizzen skysail, mizzen staysail, mizzen-royal staysail, mizzen-topgallant sail, moonraker, moonsail, move aside, panic, parachute spinnaker, pause, ponder, pull back, quail, recoil, reef, reef point, reel back, retreat, royal, scruple, sheer off, shilly-shally, shove aside, shrink, shrink back, shunt, shy, shy off, side, sidestep, sidetrack, sidle, skedaddle, skyscraper, spanker, spinnaker, spitfire, square sail, stampede, start, start aside, start back, startle, staysail, steer clear of, step aside, stern staysail, stick, stick at, stickle, stop to consider, storm trysail, straddle the fence, strain, strain at, stumble, swerve, switch, think twice about, topsail, trysail, turn aside, turn away, turn back, veer off, weasel, weasel out, wince, withdraw, yield
front, fore, forepart, foreground, face, disk, disc, frontage, facade, proscenium, facia, frontispiece, anteriority, obverse (of a medal or coin), fore rank, front rank, van, vanguard, advanced guard, outpost, first line, scout, brow, forehead, visage, physiognomy, phiz, countenance, mut, rostrum, beak, bow, stem, prow, prore, jib
, pioneer, metoposcopy, fore, anterior, front, frontal, before, in front, in the van, in advance, ahead, right ahead, forehead, foremost, in the foreground, in the lee of, before one's face, before one's eyes, face to face, vis-a-vis, front a front, formosa muta commendatio est, frons est animi janua, Human face divine, imago animi vultus est indices oculi, sea of upturned faces.
recede, regrade, return, revert, retreat, retire, retrograde, retrocede, back out, back down, balk, crawfish, crawl, withdraw, rebound, go back, come back, turn back, hark back, draw back, fall back, get back, put back, run back, lose ground, fall astern, drop astern, backwater, put about, backtrack, take the back track, veer round, double, wheel, countermarch, ebb, regurgitate, jib
, shrink, shy, turn tail, turn round, turn upon one's heel, turn one's back upon, retrace one's steps, dance the back step, sound a retreat, beat a retreat, go home.