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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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Aibo drew back suspiciously when inquisitive Dina drew too close, then wagged his tail and pushed his front paws forward in a gesture every dog recognises as: "Let's play.
I drew back my bow and, in a nervous wreck, accidentally hit my release.
That young Tory turk David Davies this week drew back the veil to reveal the cost of covering the members' windows.
Tuesday, when she drew back the curtain on a sliding-glass door to see a standing black bear, paws in the air, staring at her from only 1 foot away.
I drew back my bow and when he was about 18 yards out I released an arrow right behind his left shoulder and got a clean pass through.
I drew back my bow, placed my pin right behind his shoulder and let it rip--pass through, YES
I drew back and put my 30-yard pin right behind his shoulder.
Curt drew back on the big bird and released the arrow and made a great pass through shot.
The largest, a nice three-point, fed closer to me and at 34 yards I drew back and fired, the arrow hitting its mark.
Slowly I drew back, and just as I hit full draw he turned looking back in my direction.
I drew back my bow and as he entered my clearing at 25 yards, I touched off the release and saw the 90-grain broadhead make a perfect pass through.