Definition of Pull back

1. Verb. Pull back or move away or backward. "The limo pulled away from the curb"

2. Verb. Use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ).
Exact synonyms: Draw Back, Retract
Generic synonyms: Pull
Derivative terms: Retractor

3. Verb. Move to a rearward position; pull towards the back. "Pull back your arms!"
Related verbs: Draw
Generic synonyms: Draw, Force, Pull

4. Verb. Stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow). "The archers were drawing their bows"
Exact synonyms: Draw
Generic synonyms: Stretch

5. Verb. Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity. "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"

Definition of Pull back

1. Verb. (&lit) To pull in a backwards direction ¹

2. Verb. To retreat ¹

3. Verb. To retract ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to pull in order to reveal something underneath or behind. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive sports) To pass (the ball) into a position further from the attacking goal line. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive sports) To score when the team is losing. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pull Back

pull a
pull a Homer
pull a face
pull a fast one
pull a fast one on
pull ahead
pull along
pull an all-nighter
pull an oar
pull apart
pull at
pull away
pull back (current term)
pull chain
pull down
pull factor
pull factors
pull from the fire
pull in
pull in one's horns
pull my finger
pull off
pull on
pull one's finger out
pull one's head in
pull one's own weight

Literary usage of Pull back

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bridge Engineering by John Alexander Low Waddell (1916)
"Pull-back draws. 7. Trunnion bascule-bridges. 8. Rolling bascule-bridges. 9. Jack-knife or folding bridges. 10. Vertical lift-bridges. 11. ..."

2. The British Journal of Photography by Liverpool Photographic Society (1874)
"By this means we would get rid of another pull back, viz., ... Another pull back is to make a small start requires very little money, so that, when a father ..."

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