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drawback

[draw-bak] /ˈdrɔˌbæk/
noun
1.
a hindrance or disadvantage; an undesirable or objectionable feature.
2.
Commerce. an amount paid back from a charge made.
3.
Government. a refund of tariff or other tax, as when imported goods are reexported.
Origin of drawback
1610-1620
1610-20; noun use of verb phrase draw back
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  • And then the two of them draw back the curtains on the second scene.

    The Harlequinade Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • He might make mistakes, but he would not doubt and hesitate and draw back.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • And she responded in the same manner; she did not draw back when their arms accidentally met.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Was there anything in you that began to draw back from anything in him?

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • But it was too late to draw back; the die was cast, for life or for death; home was before me, however distant!

  • The current was gripping us angrily now; there was no chance to draw back.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • This was inconvenient; and his mother made him draw back his stool a good way.

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
  • But there was that in the large hall below that made him draw back.

    Frontier Boys in Frisco Wyn Roosevelt
  • I saw the girl flush crimson, then turn deadly white, and draw back as if his hand had struck her a sudden blow.

    In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for draw back

drawback

/ˈdrɔːˌbæk/
noun
1.
a disadvantage or hindrance
2.
a refund of customs or excise duty paid on goods that are being exported or used in the production of manufactured exports
verb (intransitive, adverb) often foll by from
3.
to retreat; move backwards
4.
to turn aside from an undertaking
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Word Origin and History for draw back

drawback

n.

"hindrance, disadvantage,"1720, from draw (v.) + back (adv.). The notion is of something that "holds back" success or activity.

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Idioms and Phrases with draw back

draw back

1.
Retreat, as in The heckler drew back into the crowd to avoid being identified. [ c. 1300 ]
2.
Withdraw from an undertaking, as in I was too deeply committed to draw back now. [ Mid-1800s ]
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