1. [syn: pullback, tieback]
2. (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops);
- Example: "the pullback is expected to be over 25,000 troops"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pullback \Pull"back`\, n.
1. That which holds back, or causes to recede; a drawback; a
2. (Arch) The iron hook fixed to a casement to pull it shut,
or to hold it party open at a fixed point.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a device (as a decorative loop of cord or fabric) for
holding or drawing something back; "the draperies were
drawn to the sides by pullbacks" [syn: pullback,
2: (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly
withdrawal of troops); "the pullback is expected to be over
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "pullback":
avoidance, bitter-ender, conservative, cringe, curtailment, cut,
cutback, disengagement, dodge, duck, evasion, fallback, flinch,
fundamentalist, old liner, pullout, recoil, reculade, retirement,
retreat, retrenchment, right-winger, rightist, rollback, shy,
sidestep, sidestepping, standpat, standpatter, tory, wince,