go back on one's word
go back on one's word & go back on one's promise & go back on one's pledge
to break a promise that one has made. •

I hate to go back on my word, but I won't pay you $100 after all.

Going back on your promise makes you a liar.

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{v. phr.} To renege; break a promise. * /Patrick went back on his word when he refused to marry Karen in spite of his earlier promise./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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