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[poo l-bak] /ˈpʊlˌbæk/
the act of pulling back, especially a retreat or a strategic withdrawal of troops; pullout.
that which pulls something back or impedes its forward movement.
Machinery. a device for pulling a moving part to its original position.
Origin of pullback
First recorded in 1585-95; noun use of verb phrase pull back Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If we find there are no sailors or troops there, we can take to our boat and pull back again.

  • Had to pull back on my stick to keep from crashing into him.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • The victim may pull back, but is not allowed to resort to other means of resistance.

  • I cannot resist the temptation to pull back the slide from one episode of the past.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • If there are, we will pull back and try to bring them on shore.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for pull back

pull back

verb (adverb)
to return or be returned to a rearward position by pulling: the army pulled back
the act of pulling back
a device for restraining the motion of a mechanism, etc, or for returning it to its original position
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Idioms and Phrases with pull back

pull back

Retreat, as in The troops gradually pulled back. [ Mid-1500s ]
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