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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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Their nebs barely touched before Jacko drew back in a panic.
I drew back my bow, settled my pin on his vitals and my razor blades passed cleanly through this "Halloween Treat" of a lifetime!
I drew back my bow and, in a nervous wreck, accidentally hit my release.
I drew back and sent a two-blade broadhead his way.
I drew back my bow, placed my pin right behind his shoulder and let it rip--pass through, YES!
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 slowly picked up my bow and drew back. He was about 20 yards out when his shoulder came into view of my site.
I drew back and put my 30-yard pin right behind his shoulder.
I drew back, placed my pin behind the front shoulder and let 'er fly.
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.
I drew back, shifted position until I had what looked like a clear path for my flat shooting arrow.