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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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 The pullback prompted analysts to downgrade First Solar, including the double drop by Osha to the equivalent of sell from buy. Chris Martin, Bloomberg.com, "China's Solar Cutback Wiping Out Trump Bump for First Solar," 6 June 2018 The pullback was a rare dip for a sector that had risen consistently for the past several years. Stephen Grocer, New York Times, "Tech Stocks Are Hitting Highs as Economic Uncertainty Rises," 5 June 2018 But there are few signs in the United States that anxiety about trade is causing a significant pullback in business spending. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "Investors Fret About a Trade War, but They Aren’t Fleeing the Stock Market," 17 June 2018 Dropbox shares sank more than 4% in after-hours trading, a pullback that comes after the stock surged 36% on its first day of trading and climbed in the weeks since. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Dropbox Revenue Increases as It Lands More Paying Users," 10 May 2018 The signs of a pullback in Chinese investment in Los Angeles and elsewhere have been abundant over the last year. Jim Puzzanghera, latimes.com, "Chinese investment in U.S. plunged last year, even before Trump threatened tariffs," 11 Apr. 2018 Gillian Metzger This incremental pullback may begin with sustaining some lower courts that are taking positions seemingly at odds with the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Li Zhou, Vox, "10 legal experts on the future of Roe v. Wade after Kennedy," 2 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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