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Definition of pullback

: a pulling back especially : an orderly withdrawal of troops from a position or area

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a pullback in consumer spending the pullback was necessary so that the commanders could reorganize their units and reassess the situation
Recent Examples on the Web Buying gold could guard against a stock market pullback if the rebound in earnings and the economy doesn't materialize in 2021 as expected. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Stocks can hold onto gains. But it won't be easy," 8 July 2020 Royalties declined by 57% versus the same quarter last year due to a pullback from advertising revenue and from background music licenses. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Royalty Distributions ‘Hit Dramatically’ for April-June Quarter, APRA Warns," 3 Nov. 2020 The most probable reason for Trump’s pullback from Wednesday to Thursday: his flattening momentum in Pennsylvania. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Trump’s narrowing path to victory runs through two states," 30 Oct. 2020 In the region, the economic pullback in Maine and Vermont were the largest, at more than 38%. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Connecticut’s economy shrank by nearly one-third in the spring as businesses closed during the worst of the coronavirus," 2 Oct. 2020 Market watchers have warned this month of a near-term pullback in prices, though Citigroup Inc. said strong Chinese demand will support prices in a $100 to $120 a ton range for the rest of the year. Krystal Chia, Bloomberg.com, "Top Iron Ore Shipper Says Rally May Cool as Risks Lie in China," 27 Sep. 2020 The three-day rout was the fastest such pullback on record, according to LPL Financial. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Is the stock market headed for another crash? Not likely but more volatility could be ahead, experts say," 11 Sep. 2020 That dominance is worrying to some investors who fear that a heavily concentrated market, dependent on a handful of big stocks, is more susceptible to a pullback. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Stocks Typically Climb, Regardless of Who’s in the White House," 23 Oct. 2020 September marks the third straight monthly pullback in payroll gains after employers added a record 4.8 million in June, 1.7 million in July and 1.5 million in August. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "661,000 jobs added last month, unemployment fell to 7.9% as some states reopen, others face COVID-19 surges," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of pullback

1668, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pullback was in 1668

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“Pullback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pullback. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pullback

: an act of removing military troops from a position or an area
formal : an act of doing less or becoming less involved in something

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