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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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Torn between the past and the future, and his growing attraction for a pretty Irish waitress, Stu is drawn back into the back alleys to exact his revenge on the people who hurt them all those years ago.
Here the main entrance, drawn back from the street, leads to a large foyer and stairs to the theatre.
d Finally, the gum is drawn back over the bone and stitched together again.
MOANING recluse Jack Nicholson outstanding as an obsessive- compulsive New York writer gradually drawn back to humanity by chance encounters with waitress Helen Hunt and gay neighbour Gregg Kinnear.
This is comforting and cheerful on a cold day,(3) but on hotter, sunnier ones the glass wall can be drawn back to allow the cafe to spill out onto the west terrace.
From here, it is drawn back via vertical ducts to plant in the plinth for heat recovery and recirculation.
When Chief Inspector Wexford spots the cocky figure of Eric Targo in Kinsmarkham, he's drawn back to the beginning of his career and the murder of two young women.
The shop front is drawn back from the front of the building by about a couple of metres, providing an arcaded continuous sheltered pavement, privately owned but a public amenity.
The all-party Treasury committee feared "the Government may have drawn back from a wholehearted commitment".
(To ensure that the latter retains continuity, the top storey of the new building is drawn back from the brick facade and made almost neutral by continuous glazing under a wafer-thin flat roof.) But while the building is sympathetic to its neighbours, there is no attempt to ape them or make a neo-Georgian facade.
"The people of Northern Ireland will not allow themselves to be drawn back towards barbarism."