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pull back

1. To back away, withdraw, or retreat. We're being fired at by someone in the rooftops. Everyone, pull back! I pulled back a bit when I realized that I had been putting too much pressure on my pupil.
2. To pull, tug, or haul someone or something backwards or away from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "back." He pulled the small child back from the street. I pulled back the curtains and saw that it had been snowing overnight.
See also: back, pull

pull someone or something back (from someone or something)

to grasp and haul someone or something away from someone or something. The cop pulled the kid away from the other kid and made them stop fighting. I pulled back the child from the dangerous hole.
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pull back (from someone or something)

to move back from someone or something. When I saw how sick he looked, I pulled back from him in shock. I took one look at the snake and pulled back.
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pull back

Retreat, as in The troops gradually pulled back. [Mid-1500s]
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pull back

v.
1. To haul or tug something or someone backward: I pulled my hair back and put it in a ponytail. She pulled back the curtain and looked outside. He pulled me back from the edge of the cliff.
2. To withdraw or retreat: The firefighters pulled back when the fire reached the gas tanks.
3. To order someone to withdraw or retreat: The commander pulled the troops back to a safer position. Aid organizations are pulling back volunteers until the fighting in that area stops.
See also: back, pull
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If you're going to pull something back from employees, make sure you do it in a deliberate way and they can see you're not just pulling from them but you're also pulling from across the organization.
It's an opportunity for us to try and pull something back for the season and give our supporters something to cheer and smile about.
To their credit, Cables never gave up in their quest to pull something back from the match, but the damage had already been done.
If you go two behind to a team of their experience, it's difficult to get in behind them to pull something back.
There is still a chance you could pull something back but only if you are both prepared to make an effort.
In a bid to pull something back, Skovdahl immediately moved to a 4-3-3 formation, pushing Winters forward and forcing the opposition to go to four at the back.