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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
1610-1620
1610-20; noun use of verb phrase draw back
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British Dictionary definitions for drawback

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 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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