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Definition 1: make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity - [verb of communication]

Samples where pull back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him
  • He backed out of his earlier promise
  • The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns

Synonyms for pull back in the sense of this definition

(pull back has a similar meaning as ...) pull back or move away or backward

"The enemy withdrew" "The limo pulled away from the curb"

Definition 2: move to a rearward position; pull towards the back - [verb of contact]

Samples where pull back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Pull back your arms!

(pull back is a kind of ...) cause to move by pulling

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

(pull back has a similar meaning as ...) stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)

"The archers were drawing their bows"

Definition 3: stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow) - [verb of contact]

Samples where pull back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The archers were drawing their bows

Synonyms for pull back in the sense of this definition

(pull back is a kind of ...) pull in opposite directions

"During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"

(pull back has a similar meaning as ...) move to a rearward position; pull towards the back

"Pull back your arms!"

Definition 4: use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ) - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for pull back in the sense of this definition

(pull back is a kind of ...) apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

"Pull the rope" "Pull the handle towards you" "pull the string gently" "pull the trigger of the gun" "pull your knees towards your chin"

Definition 5: pull back or move away or backward - [verb of motion]

Samples where pull back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The enemy withdrew
  • The limo pulled away from the curb

Synonyms for pull back in the sense of this definition

(pull back is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of pull back ) move back and away from

"The enemy fell back"

(... is a kind of pull back ) move back

"The glacier retrogrades"

(... is a kind of pull back ) move backwards from a certain position

"The bully had to back down"

(pull back has a similar meaning as ...) make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

"We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him" "He backed out of his earlier promise" "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"

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