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[draw-bak] /ˈdrɔˌbæk/
a hindrance or disadvantage; an undesirable or objectionable feature.
Commerce. an amount paid back from a charge made.
Government. a refund of tariff or other tax, as when imported goods are reexported.
Origin of drawback
1610-20; noun use of verb phrase draw back Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The drawback of lasers is their tendency to heat surfaces, which would harm the gilding.
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British Dictionary definitions for drawback


a disadvantage or hindrance
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
to retreat; move backwards
to turn aside from an undertaking
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Word Origin and History for drawback

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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