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English verb: draw back

1. draw back (motion) pull back or move away or backward


SamplesThe enemy withdrew.
The limo pulled away from the curb.


Synonymsmove back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)back down, back off, back up, fall back, retreat, retrograde


Verb groupback away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw


Antonymsadvance, march on, move on, progress, go on, pass on

2. draw back (contact) use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)


Synonymspull back, retract


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pull









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