Synonyms of pull back


1. pullback, tieback, holding device

usage: a device (as a decorative loop of cord or fabric) for holding or drawing something back; "the draperies were drawn to the sides by pullbacks"

2. pullback, withdrawal

usage: (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops); "the pullback is expected to be over 25,000 troops"


1. withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back, travel, go, move, locomote

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"

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