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Noun: pullback  'pûl,bak
  1. A device (as a decorative loop of cord or fabric) for holding or drawing something back
    "the draperies were drawn to the sides by pullbacks";
    - tieback
     
  2. (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops)
    "the pullback is expected to be over 25,000 troops"
Verb: pull back  pûl bak
  1. Pull back or move away or backward
    "The enemy pulled back";
    - withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, retire, move back
     
  2. Use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
    - retract, draw back
     
  3. Move to a rearward position; pull towards the back
    "Pull back your arms!"
     
  4. Stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)
    "The archers were pulling back their bows";
    - draw
     
  5. Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
    - retreat, back out, back away, crawfish [N. Amer], crawfish out [N. Amer], pull in one's horns, withdraw, crayfish [US]

Derived forms: pulling back, pulls back, pulled back, pullbacks

Type of: draw, force, go, holding device, locomote, move, pull, stretch, travel, withdrawal

Encyclopedia: Pullback

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