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drawback

[draw-bak]
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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.
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Origin of drawback

First recorded in 1610–20; noun use of verb phrase draw back
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drawback

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
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verb draw back (intr, adverb often foll by from)
  1. to retreat; move backwards
  2. to turn aside from an undertaking
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Word Origin and History for drawback

n.

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

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