Finally, a squad of reinforcements arrived and they were able to retreat.
With fewer than 10,000 fighters ISIS forced the retreat of the better-armed Iraqi army forces many times its size.
In mid-August 1944 the Poles sat atop a hill, marked on maps as Hill 262, overlooking the German armies in retreat.
As such, the true motivations behind the E.U.'s retreat from its July guidelines are unknown.
Find a relatively peaceful place where the child can retreat if the noise and hullabaloo get to be too much.
The retreat was carried out with as much speed and success as the advance.
The mob was shaken, as a wood is shaken by a gale, but there was no retreat.
If attacked in force Ferguson was to retreat and rejoin his leader.
It seemed to me that for a first attempt at a retreat it was not badly done.
On the night of the 4th the retreat began, Pender's division leading.
c.1300, "a step backward;" late 14c., "act of retiring or withdrawing; military signal for retiring from action or exercise," from Old French retret, noun use of past participle of retrere "draw back," from Latin retrahere "draw back, withdraw, call back," from re- "back" (see re-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "place of seclusion" is from early 15c.; sense of "establishment for mentally ill persons" is from 1797. Meaning "period of retirement for religious self-examination" is from 1756.
early 15c., "to draw in, draw back, leave the extremities," from retreat (n.) and in part from Old French retret, past participle of retrere. Meaning "to fall back from battle" is mid-15c. Related: Retreated; retreating.