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


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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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

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

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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