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draw back

1. To move backwards, 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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As he crossed the creek, I was able to draw back and prepare for the approaching buck.
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.
And the other draw back is that the matches will be screened at 1am unless the kick-off times can be altered for the benefit of European TV.
The approach steps dangerously past the line of caricature, but Redgrave knows when to draw back and illuminate the humanity of yet another bewildered and appalled, yet fiercely loving, creature.
On a one-ball pitch, Butler turned as if to bunt, then attempted to draw back the bat on a high pitch.
Their statement says now is the time to draw back from the brink.
It will probably make North Korean policy-makers more nervous about contacts with South Korea, and they may draw back for a little while,'' said Kim Kyung-won, a former envoy to the United Nations and the United States.
Carl Bildt, the international coordinator for civilian implementation of the Bosnia peace accords, said that, although ``the forces of ethnic separation are still stronger than the forces of ethnic reintegration,'' aid for the right kind of projects - transportation, communications and power networks needed for economic recovery - would encourage Bosnia's separate communities to draw back together.
You kind of draw back on things like that that have happened here and you realize you're not out of this thing,'' he said.
MARK TWAIN, in a letter to Carl Thalbitzer, who had asked Twain to write about "the advantages and draw backs of civilization," in Harper's (Dec.