rear back

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rear back

To jerk or pull backward and stand or sit straight up. The horse suddenly reared back, throwing the rider to the ground. She reared back when I opened up the box containing my pet tarantula.
See also: back, rear

rear back

 
1. Lit. [for a horse] to pull back and up onto its hind legs in an effort to move backwards rapidly or throw a rider. (See also rear up.) The animal reared back in terror. The horse reared back and almost threw its rider.
2. Fig. [for a person] to pull back and stand up or sit up straighter. He reared back in his chair and looked perturbed. Tom reared back in his chair, waiting for something else to happen.
See also: back, rear
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It's amazing: apparently robot-operated (think Jarvis), capable of delivering precise, subtle motions hovering, swooping, rearing back and diving down at heights of 30 feet and sideways 25 feet.
On the pitch, he is an extrovert, possessing an eye-catching style in possession, his left foot rearing back and forth, always sniffing out the best moment to strike the ball.
While working the jig, and especially after rearing back to set the hook, if I missed the fish (pomps are notorious short-strikers) the slack wrapped the tip.
PAWTUCKET, R.I - Casey Kelly remembers rearing back to throw his hardest fastball, then getting mad when Vlad Guerrero would snatch the ball out of the air with his bare hand.
Blood spattered the length and breadth of our imitation Oriental rug, blood dripping from the splintered remains of our coffee table, blood smeared like a sign across my father's forehead, blood spurting from my cousin' s nose--and the two of them not so much fist fighting, no so much wresting as caroming, with a terrible bony thwack colliding, rearing back and charging in like men with antlers branching from their brows, fantastical, cross-species creatures sprung from mythology into our living room and pulping each other's flesh with their massive, snaggletooth horns.
To the left of the bird's body is a cobra, rearing back as if ready to strike.
My brain goes into retreat, rearing back from the subject as though it had seen Russell Grant naked with a maraschino cherry garnish, as I consign the dreaded "M" word to the room 101 of my cranium where shell suits, grey shoes and Lorraine Kelly dwell.
"I held the middle and it was all muscle, thrashing about, rearing back and snapping.
Policy making in this country has a thousand faces, but among its consistent traits are the "wait-and-hurry-up" syndrome, in which nothing is done until crisis looms, and then everything must be done in a rush; what James Mongan, MD, Executive Director of Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo., calls "raging incrementalism," or the tendency to creep up on problems, step by step, rather than just rearing back and swallowing them whole; and the ongoing attempt by every unit of government to get every other unit of government to take responsibility for things without getting any money to go along with it.