pull·​back | \ˈpu̇l-ˌbak \

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


pullout, recession, retirement, retreat, withdrawal


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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Seattle, where realtors have reported a significant pullback in buyer demand in recent months, fell to third place with a 9.6% annual gain in prices. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Home Prices Continue to Lose Momentum," 30 Oct. 2018 Amid the pullback of some recent popular trades, the euro on Friday fell 0.3% against the dollar to $1.1749. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dollar Rebounds as Investors Dial Back Risk-Taking," 21 Sep. 2018 But the Kremlin didn't expect one meeting to bring an end to Western sanctions and a pullback of NATO forces deployed near Russia's borders. Fox News, "Russia's post-summit view: Praise for Putin, pity for Trump," 17 July 2018 But the Kremlin didn’t expect one meeting to bring an end to Western sanctions and a pullback of NATO forces deployed near Russia’s borders. Dmitry Kozlov, The Seattle Times, "Russia’s Trump takeaway: Putin basks in post-summit glow," 17 July 2018 Since reaching record highs Jan. 26, both the Dow and the S&P 500 had dropped 10% or more — a pullback known as a correction — before Wednesday's rally. James F. Peltz, latimes.com, "Stocks dive and then surge back as U.S.-China trade war escalates," 4 Apr. 2018 The pullback shows that even the darlings of the asset-management industry are vulnerable to volatile markets and investor anxiety over a potential downturn. Justin Baer, WSJ, "The Investor Fever for Passive Funds Is Cooling in 2018," 13 July 2018 Indexing giant Vanguard Group is among the managers grappling with the client pullback. Justin Baer, WSJ, "The Investor Fever for Passive Funds Is Cooling in 2018," 13 July 2018 Velayati reaffirmed Iran's firm intention to maintain its presence in Syria, but skirted a question about a possible pullback from the border, saying only that Tehran won't bow to U.S. and Israeli coercion. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, "Iran has no intention to leave Syria, top official says," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of pullback

1668, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pullback

: an act of removing military troops from a position or an area

: an act of doing less or becoming less involved in something

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