- 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
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Related Wordsbalk, renege, backtrack, cancel, concede, admit, withdraw, abandon, surrender, retreat, blanch, hesitate, waver, cringe, tremble, blink, shudder, demur, backfire, reel
- to return or be returned to a rearward position by pullingthe 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
Idioms and Phrases with pull back
Retreat, as in The troops gradually pulled back. [Mid-1500s]
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