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[poo l-bak] /ˈpʊlˌbæk/
the act of pulling back, especially a retreat or a strategic withdrawal of troops; pullout.
that which pulls something back or impedes its forward movement.
Machinery. a device for pulling a moving part to its original position.
Origin of pullback
1585-95; noun use of verb phrase pull back Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pullback
  • It's because of such actions that pharmaceutical research is experiencing the pullback in funding that is going on right now.
  • The pipeline shall be adequately supported on rollers during pullback of the pipeline into the pre-drilled hole.
  • Adequately support the water supply utilities on rollers during the pullback into the pre-drilled hole.
  • Some have asked whether this rule signals a pullback in our commitment to these businesses.
  • The other driver may pullback over into that lane too.
  • The roofing personnel shall pullback the felt paper in random areas as identified by the inspector.
British Dictionary definitions for pullback

pull back

verb (adverb)
to return or be returned to a rearward position by pulling: the army pulled back
the act of pulling back
a device for restraining the motion of a mechanism, etc, or for returning it to its original position
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