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draw back

1. To move backward away from someone or something. The baby drew back when the cat started meowing at her. As soon as I heard the buzzing bees, I drew back from the flowers.
2. To abandon a plan or course of action. I had hoped to play baseball again this year, but I had to draw back after I broke my foot in the first game of the season.
3. To retreat or withdraw. The troops were so outnumbered that they were forced to draw back.
See also: back, draw

draw back

1. Retreat, as in The heckler drew back into the crowd to avoid being identified. [c. 1300]
2. Withdraw from an undertaking, as in I was too deeply committed to draw back now. [Mid-1800s]
See also: back, draw

draw back

v.
1. To retreat: The soldiers drew back after a night of intense fighting. When the general gave the order, the regiment drew back.
2. To recoil from someone or something: The dog drew back when my friend moved to pet it. He reached out to me, but I drew back.
3. To decide not to follow a planned course of action: The politician drew back from seeking candidacy this year.
See also: back, draw
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Players from both sides, including Giggs, faced disciplinary charges after ugly clashes at the final whistle in the 0-0 Premiership draw back in September.
When Crider, armed with a rifle, saw Nelson draw back his arm in a menacing manner, the rancher tired a single shot, mortally wounding the intruder.
If you should find floating fish in the morning, know that the plants that oxygenate the water during the day actually draw back the oxygen at night and compete with the fish for that same oxygen.
Mr Wilkes said: "For those of us wholeheartedly involved in ministry in our fast-changing society, it is difficult to draw back and realise that we are part of a much wider picture.
I started to draw back my bow when she suddenly turned and looked down her back trail.
The DUP should draw back from confrontations in constituencies that can only result in damaging unionism.
In addition, educators are trying to draw back local students who earn degrees in science fields to the Antelope Valley, where engineers are sorely needed, Fielding said.
At about 90 yards I had the chance to draw back so I did, thinking he was headed in.
Red learnt how to put his mouth around the bolt on his door, lift it, draw back the lock and then free the other dogs for midnight feasts.
So in the crucial final weeks of the year, when businesses in the Toy District make 70 percent of their annual income, they're expecting the lure of massive discounts to draw back shoppers.
You can't sell a bow to a customer without letting them draw back and shoot it.