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English verb: pull back

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


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


Synonymsdraw back, move back, pull away, 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. pull back (contact) use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)


Synonymsdraw back, retract


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pull

3. pull back (contact) move to a rearward position; pull towards the back


SamplesPull back your arms!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)draw, force, pull


Verb groupdraw, pull back

4. pull back (contact) stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)


SamplesThe archers were drawing their bows.


Synonymsdraw


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)stretch


Verb grouppull back

5. pull back (communication) make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity


SamplesWe'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him.
He backed out of his earlier promise.
The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns.


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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Verb groupdraw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw









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