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To move, or to move something away or back

back away

to move away backwards from someone, for example because you are afraid

draw back

to move away from someone



to move away from someone or something and leave a space, or to move two things or two sections of a single unit away from each other so that there is a space between them

pull away

to move away from someone who is trying to hold you or touch you



to move backwards, or to make someone move backwards



to move back and cover less of a place



to go back in the direction from which you have come

stand aside

to move to one side in order to let someone go past you



if a group of people or animals scatter, they suddenly move away in different directions



to move back or away from someone or something, especially because you are frightened or nervous

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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