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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for pullback

Synonyms

pullout, recession, retirement, retreat, withdrawal

Antonyms

advance, advancement

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The pullback on price increases likely gives the Bank of Canada further reason to hold off on further rate rises in the immediate future. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada Inflation Decelerates on Slump in Gasoline Prices," 19 Dec. 2018 Economists, meanwhile, are watching for any signs of a pullback in confidence among Americans or in consumer spending, which is a major driver of the U.S. economy, representing about two-thirds of economic output. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Bearing Down: With Bull Run in Jeopardy, Investors Find Few Havens," 25 Dec. 2018 Some of those cuts may be seasonal, part of a regular post-holiday pullback. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Apple iPhone X strategy stumbles but higher prices likely kept sales afloat," 30 Jan. 2018 There’s an argument to be made that Microsoft was overdue for a period of bug fixing and polishing after the fiasco known as the October 2018 Update, which suffered a false start and hasty pullback after reports of data deletion, later confirmed. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 Two reports released Wednesday by insurance brokerages reinforced the price pullbacks for certain accounts. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Insurers Push Back Against Paying More for Their Own Insurance," 2 Jan. 2019 Security experts have warned that any pullback of U.S. forces would undermine decades of postwar alliances and allow China to accelerate its efforts toward regional dominance. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "Trump becomes first U.S. president to meet a North Korean head of state; 'major change' coming," 12 June 2018 After the jumped in January, economists expect a slight pullback for last month that still reflects healthy expansion. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Did job, wage growth keep momentum in February?," 5 Mar. 2018 Economists point out, however, that higher crude prices should spur greater investment in the domestic energy industry, just as depressed oil prices in 2014 resulted in a sharp pullback in fracking states such as North Dakota and Texas. Don Lee, latimes.com, "Trump's renewed economic sanctions on Iran heightens risks for global oil prices and U.S. consumer spending," 9 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pullback.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pullback

1668, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pullback

Statistics for pullback

Last Updated

17 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pullback

The first known use of pullback was in 1668

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pullback

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

More from Merriam-Webster on pullback

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pullback

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for pullback

Comments on pullback

What made you want to look up pullback? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a sum of money that is sent as a payment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!