pull back


pull back

the troops were ordered to pull back

Syn:
withdraw, retreat, fall back, back off; pull out, retire, disengage; flee, turn tail

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  • pull|back — «PUL BAK», noun. 1. a withdrawal: »Washington hopes that the Kremlin may conceive it to be in its own interest to make further pullbacks (Atlantic). 2. = retrenchment. (Cf. ↑retrenchment) …   Useful english dictionary

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  • pull back — v. (D; intr.) to pull back from (to pull back from the others) * * * [ pʊl bæk] (D; intr.) to pull back from (to pull back from the others) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pull back — verb a) To pull in a backwards direction Central African armed forces (FACA) troops were forced to pull back from the town and were planning an operation to retake it, the source said. b) To retreat Her nightgown was thin, and she felt chilly as… …   Wiktionary


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