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Pull back   /pʊl bæk/   Listen
Pull back

Pull back or move away or backward.  Synonyms: draw back, move back, pull away, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw.  "The limo pulled away from the curb"
Use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ).  Synonyms: draw back, retract.
Move to a rearward position; pull towards the back.
Stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow).  Synonym: draw.
Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity.  Synonyms: back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw.  "He backed out of his earlier promise" , "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"

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"Pull back" Quotes from Famous Books

... dretful, but bein' experienced in marriage, I could see that it wasn't that that was makin' James drop the whip, an' pull back on the lines when he wanted the horses to go faster, an' not hear things I was a-sayin' to him. Finally, I says, very distinct: 'James, dear, how many children did you say ...
— At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern • Myrtle Reed

... sake, and climb that cursed wood, and pull back the fuse, pull it back from the powder. Oh, Polly! and then ...
— Springhaven - A Tale of the Great War • R. D. Blackmore

... "Pull back!" directed Blake, but Joe needed no urging. A slight difference—inches only—meant safety or death—terrible injury at best, for the ravine was a hundred feet deep. But those few inches were ...
— The Moving Picture Boys at Panama - Stirring Adventures Along the Great Canal • Victor Appleton

... assigned your place in the procession by the hostess, who comes last with the man guest of honor. Each man offers his right arm to his fair partner. In the dining room, cards are placed at each cover with the names of the guests inscribed thereon. Even should there be a retinue of servants, pull back the chair of your partner and assist her to seat herself. In some old-fashioned houses grace is said, and it is always the rule when a clergyman is one of the guests. This blessing is asked after the company ...
— The Complete Bachelor - Manners for Men • Walter Germain

... into it. Nerve? Say, I'm telling you there wasn't any of it left out of her when she was born!" He was silent for a moment, and then added: "When we came to that dripping, slimy rock with the big yellow skull layin' there like a poison toadstool, she didn't screech and pull back, but just gave a little gasp and stared at it hard, and her fingers pinched my arm until it hurt. It was a devilish-looking thing, yellow as a sick orange and soppy with the drip of the wet moss over it. I wanted to blow it to pieces, and ...
— The Alaskan • James Oliver Curwood

... been fightin' among themselves until every man Jack has been killed off. Nothin' left but women with dreamy eyes an' long black hair an' pearly teeth. 'A man,' says Bull McGinty, 'is at a premium. Over fifteen different girls fell in love with him before he was ashore ten minutes, an' he had to pull back to the schooner to escape 'em. At that, says Bull, as much as a hundred an' twenty-seven of 'em, as near as he could count, came swimmin' after him and chased the schooner until she was hull down on the horizon, ...
— Captain Scraggs - or, The Green-Pea Pirates • Peter B. Kyne

... she thought, "I don't believe you have to have a key on the inside. You don't to our front door at home. You only have to pull back a ...
— Marjorie's Busy Days • Carolyn Wells

... servant-woman clacking along the paved path which led to the outer door. But even then the discomforts of the gouty old gentleman were not so quickly over as he hoped. Instead of pulling the string, Marianne was obliged to turn the lock of the door with its heavy key, and pull back all ...
— The Vicar of Tours • Honore de Balzac

... of elocutionary finish in his tone; he can talk a long while, and now and then can say a good thing; he preaches with considerable force, makes good use of his arms, sometimes rants a little, at intervals has to pull back his sentences half an inch to get hold of the right word, talks straight out occasionally, telling the congregation what they are doing and what they ought to do; but there is much in his sermons which neither gods nor men will care about ...
— Our Churches and Chapels • Atticus

... Norwegian sailing vessel at anchor with her stem pointing down-stream. This ship they passed on the port side. Just as they got clear of her bowsprit the fat man cried out excitedly, 'There's her nose!' and he put the boat about and began to pull back against the tide. And surely the missing 'Squirm' was comfortably anchored on the starboard quarter of the Norwegian ship, hidden neatly between the ship and the shore. The ...
— The Grand Babylon Hotel • Arnold Bennett

... up with Eveley, and when you are through pull back the shade in the living-room, and I'll take it for a sign and come up to make ...
— Eve to the Rescue • Ethel Hueston

... that line, he tried to see the face on the far side, but the problem was to see over th dancers' heads. He succeeded presently, for the Orakzai Pathan saw what he wanted, and in his anxiety to be agreeable, reached forward to pull back a box from ...
— King—of the Khyber Rifles • Talbot Mundy

... toward us, he passed close to the other boat and the steersman gave him the harpoon right well into him. This made him more savage, and he stood right for my boat, plowing up the sea as he rushed on. I was all ready in the bow with the harpoon, and the men were all ready with their oars to pull back, so as to keep clear of him. On he came, and when his snout was within six feet of us we pulled sharp across him; and as we went from him, I gave him the harpoon deep into the fin. 'Starn all!' was the cry as usual, that we might be clear of him. He 'sounded' ...
— Poor Jack • Frederick Marryat

Words linked to "Pull back" :   fall back, force, pullback, retrograde, locomote, go, pull, stretch, back down, back off, advance, travel, move, back up

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