Definition of pull back (or pull someone/something back) in US 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’
    • ‘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ceasefire and to pulling their forces back from the frontline, latest reports suggest that apart from Uganda none have withdrawn troops altogether.’
    • ‘At that point, the division headquarters and support troops were pulled back to refit.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘If British troops were pulled back now what then?’
    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’
      • ‘Obviously, she pulled back on that a little bit.’
      • ‘And, therefore, we're going to pull back on that and we'll look at it in hearings and in committee.’
      • ‘With consumers and investors both pulling back, there is one reliable tool of economic stimulus - government spending.’
      • ‘We will not pull back from it.’
      • ‘Last week, it pulled back from this position, confirming that it had reached an agreement with the firm's directors.’
      • ‘Consumers are pulling back on their spending amid the recession.’
      • ‘Particularly after the health care debacle early on, she really pulled back.’
      • ‘Some are pressuring their banks to pull back, undercutting subsidiaries in East Europe.’
      • ‘The award comes at a time when Chance has been forced to pull back from his community efforts.’
      withdraw, resign, leave, retire, step down, get out, quit, back out, bow out
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