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Pull back   /pʊl bæk/   Listen
Pull back

verb
1.
Pull back or move away or backward.  Synonyms: draw back, move back, pull away, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw.  "The limo pulled away from the curb"
2.
Use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ).  Synonyms: draw back, retract.
3.
Move to a rearward position; pull towards the back.
4.
Stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow).  Synonym: draw.
5.
Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity.  Synonyms: back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw.  "He backed out of his earlier promise" , "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"






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"Pull back" Quotes from Famous Books



... steed, having nobly negotiated it, two of the others would follow his excellent example, and then the remaining three would pause on the bank, irresolutely at first, and then quite determined not to "follow my lead," in fact to never "follow me," would pull back a bit. Then a lovely scramble would result, in which I would be hauled half-way back, horse and all, and my rifle, instead of remaining properly slung, would become excitable, and manage to hang round my neck or waist. Finally a fairy godmother, in the form of a dirty, unshaven ...
— A Yeoman's Letters - Third Edition • P. T. Ross

... and I prepared to pull back to God's country. Paloma got sore, and Vahna got the weeps. 'Don't go! Don't go!' That was her song. But I gave notice on my job, and wrote a letter ...
— The Red One • Jack London



Words linked to "Pull back" :   back off, stretch, locomote, pullback, pull, travel, move, fall back, back down, back up, go, retrograde, advance, force



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