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 pull back
      v 1: pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew";
           "The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: withdraw, retreat,
            pull away, draw back, recede, retire, move
           back]
      2: use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound
         or an organ) [syn: retract, draw back]
      3: move to a rearward position; pull towards the back; "Pull
         back your arms!"
      4: pull back the sling of (a bow); "The archers were drawing
         their bows" [syn: draw]
      5: make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity;
         "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"; "He
         backed out of his earlier promise"; "The aggressive
         investment company pulled in its horns" [syn: retreat, back
         out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in
         one's horns, withdraw]