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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

part

verb

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

back

verb

to move backwards, or to make someone move backwards

retreat

verb

to move back and cover less of a place

backtrack

verb

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

scatter

verb

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

shrink

verb

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

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

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