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drawback

[draw-bak] /ˈdrɔˌbæk/
noun
1.
a hindrance or disadvantage; an undesirable or objectionable feature.
2.
Commerce. an amount paid back from a charge made.
3.
Government. a refund of tariff or other tax, as when imported goods are reexported.
Origin of drawback
1610-1620
First recorded in 1610-20; noun use of verb phrase draw back
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  • Yet now that we must meet this thing, you draw back, and would tie my hands as well.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • He might make mistakes, but he would not doubt and hesitate and draw back.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Was there anything in you that began to draw back from anything in him?

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • I am no lover of sentimental trips on the sea; but this was not the time to draw back.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • So binding do I count them, that, if I would, I could not now draw back.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • The traveller seemed to draw back into his shell at the mention of gold.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Thousands of Arabs will fight there, and I shall not draw back.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • But it was too late to draw back; too late even to refuse to help him.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • The current was gripping us angrily now; there was no chance to draw back.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for draw back

drawback

/ˈdrɔːˌbæk/
noun
1.
a disadvantage or hindrance
2.
a refund of customs or excise duty paid on goods that are being exported or used in the production of manufactured exports
verb (intransitive, adverb) often foll by from
3.
to retreat; move backwards
4.
to turn aside from an undertaking
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Word Origin and History for draw back

drawback

n.

"hindrance, disadvantage,"1720, from draw (v.) + back (adv.). The notion is of something that "holds back" success or activity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with draw back

draw back

1.
Retreat, as in The heckler drew back into the crowd to avoid being identified. [ c. 1300 ]
2.
Withdraw from an undertaking, as in I was too deeply committed to draw back now. [ Mid-1800s ]
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