- a hindrance or disadvantage; an undesirable or objectionable feature.
- Commerce. an amount paid back from a charge made.
- Government. a refund of tariff or other tax, as when imported goods are reexported.
Origin of drawback
First recorded in 1610–20; noun use of verb phrase draw back
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- a disadvantage or hindrance
- a refund of customs or excise duty paid on goods that are being exported or used in the production of manufactured exports
- to retreat; move backwards
- to turn aside from an undertaking
Word Origin and History for draw back
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with draw back
Retreat, as in The heckler drew back into the crowd to avoid being identified. [c. 1300]
Withdraw from an undertaking, as in I was too deeply committed to draw back now. [Mid-1800s]
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