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pullback

[poo l-bak] /ˈpʊlˌbæk/
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.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; noun use of verb phrase pull back
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British Dictionary definitions for pull back

pull back

verb (adverb)
1.
to return or be returned to a rearward position by pulling: the army pulled back
noun
2.
the act of pulling back
3.
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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