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pullback

[poo l-bak]
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noun
  1. the act of pulling back, especially a retreat or a strategic withdrawal of troops; pullout.
  2. that which pulls something back or impedes its forward movement.
  3. Machinery. a device for pulling a moving part to its original position.
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Origin of pullback

First recorded in 1585–95; noun use of verb phrase pull back
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Related Words

balk, renege, backtrack, cancel, concede, admit, withdraw, abandon, surrender, retreat, blanch, hesitate, waver, cringe, tremble, blink, shudder, demur, backfire, reel

British Dictionary definitions for pull back

pull back

verb (adverb)
  1. to return or be returned to a rearward position by pullingthe army pulled back
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noun pullback
  1. the act of pulling back
  2. 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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