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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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EMBATTLED union bosses were urged to "draw back from the brink" yesterday as public sector workers began a national work-torule protest against pay cuts.
I started to draw back my bow when she suddenly turned and looked down her back trail.
Frank Rijkaard's side have turned the Nou Camp into a fortress and have maintained a100 per cent home record since Villarreal held them to a draw back on April 3.
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.
At about 90 yards I had the chance to draw back so I did, thinking he was headed in.
As he crossed the creek, I was able to draw back and prepare for the approaching buck.
"The DUP should draw back from confrontations in constituencies that can only result in damaging unionism.
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.
He added: "The very point of this academy is to see yourself in relation to the other person, not to exclude, not to draw back."
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.
And he urged leaders on all sides to draw back from the "abyss".