Definition of pull back (or pull someone/something back) in English:

pull back (or pull someone/something back)

phrasal verb

  • 1Retreat or cause troops to retreat from an area.

    ‘the pact called on the rival forces to pull back and allow a neutral force to take control’
    • ‘‘As we start to trust each other a little more, most troops will be pulled back and returned to their barracks,’ he said.’
    • ‘South Korean and Bulgarian troops were pulled back to their bases, while New Zealand is withdrawing its engineers.’
    • ‘At that point, the division headquarters and support troops were pulled back to refit.’
    • ‘If British troops were pulled back now what then?’
    • ‘Although all have agreed to a ceasefire and to pulling their forces back from the frontline, latest reports suggest that apart from Uganda none have withdrawn troops altogether.’
    withdraw, retreat, draw back, fall back, retire, disengage, pull out, back off, give ground, give way
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    1. 1.1pull back Withdraw from an undertaking.
      ‘the party pulled back from its only positive policy’
      • ‘He ‘would not be party’ to pulling back from war, the Prime Minister stated.’
      • ‘So I think that he's not going to be someone who pulls back.’
      • ‘But if that's true, it's true whether or not Israel pulls back.’
      • ‘In times of danger and uncertainty, the auto industry - suppliers and OEMs alike - pull back and withdraw.’
      • ‘‘If a front row goes down the opposition pulls back, and your own back five instinctively realise there is something wrong and cease pushing’ he explains.’
      withdraw, resign, leave, retire, step down, get out, quit, back out, bow out
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  • 2(in sport) improve or restore a team's position by scoring a goal.

    ‘he pulled back a goal three minutes before half time’
    ‘Rovers pulled back to 4–3 with a goal two minutes from time’
    • ‘After going two behind and pulling both goals back, they conceded a last-gasp penalty to lose the match 3-2.’
    • ‘Endmoor pulled a goal back and the game remained close until Lowis scored his second to make the result certain and keep Lunesdale's promotion hopes alive.’
    • ‘Victoria pulled a goal back but Lee scored his second of the match to increase the lead to 3-1.’
    • ‘They rallied in the second half and pulled a goal back only to see Grindleton score a sixth.’
    • ‘Denholme pulled a goal back late in the game but it was little consolation.’