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’
    • ‘Both companies looked at floating two years ago but drew back in the face of falling share prices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I will draw back from recording a death from natural causes and record an open verdict.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He seems to be drawing back from intervention, with some in his administration allegedly questioning whether the USA should be involved at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    withdraw, retire, 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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