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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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 And Discovery — the company behind Food Network, HGTV, TLC and Animal Planet — closed at $43.31 a share, a significant pullback from its high of $77.27 a share on March 15. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "ViacomCBS’ wild stock slide and what’s behind it," 2 Apr. 2021 Although solid growth is still forecast for 2022, the plan will mark a substantial pullback from this year's pace as the effects of the government aid fade. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan would lift economy but higher taxes may hamper growth until projects roll out," 1 Apr. 2021 During the worst of the pandemic, S4 experienced client pullback like the rest of the agency business. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Demand for Digital Ad Services Fuels Growth at S4," 25 Mar. 2021 Yesterday’s pullback may have been exacerbated by the unwinding of positions ahead of quadruple witching as well as concerns about the coronavirus in Europe. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Witching Day On Wall Street: Stable Start After Thursday Selloff As Treasury Yields Ease," 19 Mar. 2021 Stocks have resumed their rally this week — following a brief pullback after bond yields spiked and inflation fears surfaced. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "How to invest in America's nearly $2 trillion shot in the arm," 11 Mar. 2021 So this suggests that there could be a pullback by central banks at some point; the money tap goes off. Veta Chan, Fortune, "Japan’s resurgent Nikkei 225 is stoking bubble fears. This analyst isn’t worried," 4 Mar. 2021 Many analysts saw the slowdown in services sector activity in February as just a brief pullback from January's high level with further gains coming in the months ahead. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "US service sector growth slows sharply in February," 3 Mar. 2021 In short, stronger economic growth sparked by unprecedented stimulus or the return of inflation, will eventually lead to a pullback in liquidity support from central banks. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Treasurys Tremble," 13 Mar. 2021

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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 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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