usage: pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
2. retract, pull back, draw back, pull
usage: use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
3. pull back, pull, draw, force
usage: move to a rearward position; pull towards the back; "Pull back your arms!"
4. pull back, draw, stretch
usage: stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow); "The archers were drawing their bows"
5. retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, withdraw
usage: make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity; "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"; "He backed out of his earlier promise"; "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"