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present tense
I/you/we/theypull back
he/she/itpulls back
present participlepulling back
past tensepulled back
past participlepulled back
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if soldiers pull back, or if someone pulls them back, they move back towards their own land
    Our tank and infantry forces pulled back to regroup.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to decide not to do something that will probably have bad effects
    pull back from: The government has pulled back from sending the navy there.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to move your body away from someone who is holding you or touching you
    Jim pulled back from her with a hurt expression.
  4. 4
    [transitive] British mainly journalism to score a goal when your team is losing in a football match
    Late in the 2nd half Honduras pulled back a goal.
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