pullback

noun
pull·​back | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌbak How to pronounce pullback (audio) \

Definition of pullback

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pullback

Synonyms

pullout, recession, retirement, retreat, withdrawal

Antonyms

advance, advancement

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Examples of pullback in a Sentence

a pullback in consumer spending the pullback was necessary so that the commanders could reorganize their units and reassess the situation

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In some areas, demand has also been hit by a pullback in foreign buyers and new federal limits on property-tax deductions — as well as fears that a recession may be around the corner. Prashant Gopal, chicagotribune.com, "America’s housing affordability crisis spreads to heartland," 5 Aug. 2019 In some areas, demand has also been hit by a pullback in foreign buyers and new federal limits on property-tax deductions — as well as fears that a recession may be around the corner. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "America’s housing affordability crisis spreads inland," 31 July 2019 In some areas, demand has also been hit by a pullback in foreign buyers and by new federal limits on property-tax deductions — as well as by fears that a recession may be around the corner. Los Angeles Times, "Housing affordability crisis spreads to the Midwest and other lower-cost areas," 30 July 2019 Japan’s Nikkei led gains in the region with a 1.3% jump, erasing roughly more than half of Monday’s loss, aided by a pullback in the yen. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Asian Markets Digest Lira Crisis, Weak Chinese Data," 14 Aug. 2018 But Tuesday's sharp pullback in oil prices made merely a dent in the rally investors witnessed at the start of the week. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Dow set to fall and oil prices go into reverse," 17 Sep. 2019 The biggest worry is that a shrinking workweek could foreshadow a pullback in job growth and even a recession. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Workers are putting in fewer hours. Is that a sign a recession is coming?," 5 Sep. 2019 Some analysts see the beginning of a market pullback of at least 10 percent. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "As baby boomers watch stocks swing wildly, their future seems less secure," 3 Sep. 2019 In turn, that could cause a pullback in spending — exactly the type of behavior that is likely to hasten a recession. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Why Trump's payroll tax cut wouldn't do much for the economy," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pullback

1668, in the meaning defined above

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pullback

noun

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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