pull·out | \ˈpu̇l-ˌau̇t \

Definition of pullout 

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1 : the act or an instance of pulling out: such as

a : the action in which an airplane goes from a dive to horizontal flight

b : pullback

2 : something that can be pulled out

pull out


Definition of pull out (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of pullout in a Sentence


A pullout of troops from the region has begun. the civil unrest has led the company to initiate a pullout of its operations in the region


the party's been fun, but it's time to pull out the aid workers have been advised to pull out of those regions to which the conflict has spread
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ibrahim Jabawi, spokesman for the rebels’ joint operations room, said under the agreement, insurgents will begin to hand over some of their heavy weapons in return for a government pullout from several villages. Washington Post, "Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan," 6 July 2018 South Korean officials have said that North Korea is not insisting on a pullout of US troops during the latest round of negotiations with Seoul and Washington. Choe Sang-hun And Motoko Rich, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says troop removal not part of Korean talks," 4 May 2018 South Korean officials say North Korea is not insisting on a pullout of American troops during the latest round of negotiations with Seoul and Washington. New York Times, "Trump’s Talk of U.S. Troop Cuts Unnerves South Korea and Japan," 4 May 2018 However, Trump might be duped into unwise concessions, like a premature U.S. pullout that would betray Syrian Kurds and aid Iran. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Analysis: Trump gets his summit with Putin. Watch out! | Trudy Rubin," 27 June 2018 On Thursday, Moon had just returned to Seoul when news broke about Trump's pullout. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "Trump pulls out of planned nuclear summit, says he will be 'waiting' if North Korea changes its approach," 24 May 2018 One observer—a humanitarian worker who has discussed the issue privately with Global Fund officials—suggests the fund’s pullout is tactical. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Major donor nixes effort to combat tuberculosis crisis in North Korea," 29 June 2018 The impact of Trump’s pullout from the nuclear deal is very very low, said Reza Khandan, the husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested last week. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Iran Is Changing, but Not in Ways Trump Thinks," 25 June 2018 Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has made a last-ditch effort to moderate Iran's response to Trump's pullout, promising to commit to the agreement for the time being. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, "In Iran, hardliners are burning the deal and the American flag," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of pullout


1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pullout was in 1825

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English Language Learners Definition of pullout

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

: a section of a newspaper, magazine, etc., that is meant to be removed and looked at separately

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