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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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Forty years later, Powers is drawn back to Hannibal by two cold-blooded crimes committed by local teenagers: the murder of an elderly man as he slept and the killing of a middle-aged man as he jogged.
Looking across the meadow, across the water to the islands, again I'm drawn back to the beach, to put the hike behind me, for now, and contemplate the waves, ever churning, but soothing nonetheless.
Here the main entrance, drawn back from the street, leads to a large foyer and stairs to the theatre.
This decline could find more fuel as short sellers are drawn back to the drug maker and the last of the optimistic brokerage firms are shaken loose.
The people of Northern Ireland will not allow themselves to be drawn back towards barbarism.
Whether it's the Arab parts of the plains or the deepest forest, you find yourself always drawn back to it once you have been there.
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.
ULTRASITE is a patented positive displacement valve designed to prevent blood from being drawn back into the valve.
From here, it is drawn back via vertical ducts to plant in the plinth for heat recovery and recirculation.
The Night Job," based on an original screenplay by James O'Hanlon, is the story of an ex-con out on parole who is drawn back into the life he left behind by a crooked cop trying to corner a flamboyant mobster who is running an international art smuggling ring.