Definition of draw back in English:

draw back

phrasal verb

  • Choose not to do something that one was expected to do.

    ‘the government has drawn back from attempting reform’
    • ‘The genial married priest, who has six children, draws back from calling the people of the area pagans and denies he came from Uganda to convert.’
    • ‘I've been planning it, then drawing back from it, getting excited, then getting cold feet, but I finally handed in my resignation at work yesterday.’
    • ‘The danger comes from the fact that it has been easy to intervene; to draw back once an intervention has been proven foolish is much more difficult.’
    • ‘He seems to be drawing back from intervention, with some in his administration allegedly questioning whether the USA should be involved at all.’
    • ‘The source also signalled that the party was drawing back on its old commitment to abolish Yorkshire Forward and other English regional development agencies set up by Mr Prescott.’
    • ‘But it is time now to draw back from treating him as a public spectacle and let him fight his demons out of the public eye.’
    • ‘It draws back from the frenzied pursuit of marketing novelties and technological turnover and assumes the measured pace of humane and sustainable values.’
    • ‘I will draw back from recording a death from natural causes and record an open verdict.’
    • ‘It is good that he tends to draw back in the end, but it would be even better if he didn't pander to his readers' prejudices in the first place.’
    • ‘Both companies looked at floating two years ago but drew back in the face of falling share prices.’
    withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
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