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1. phrasal verb
If someone pulls back from an action, they decide not to do it or continue with it, because it could have badconsequences. [VP + from] ⇒ They will plead with him to pull back from confrontation. [VP] ⇒ The British government threatened to make public its disquiet but then pulled back.
2. ergative phrasal verb & phrasal verb
If troopspull back or if their leaderpulls them back, they go some or all of the way back to their own territory. [VP] ⇒ They were asked to pull back from their artillery positions around the city. [VP n] ⇒ He pulled back forces from Mongolia, and he withdrew from Afghanistan. [Also V n P]
I could see Sallinon trembling as he struggled to pull back.Wood, Ted FOOLS GOLDShe leaned over to pull back the bedclothes, a mole on her left shoulder.Sillitoe, Alan THE OPEN DOORI pull back the duvet and sit on the edge of the bed, my head in my hands.Alex George LOVE YOU MADLY