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pull back

Meaning: If an army pulls back, it moves its forces back from the front-line or from wherever it's been fighting the enemy.

Synonym: withdraw

For example:

  • pull back Their troops have pulled back from the area along the river.

  • pull sth/sb back Even though they were being pounded by rockets and mortars, the general refused to pull his forces back.

Quick Quiz:

After the soldiers had pulled back, they were
  1. nearer the enemy forces
  2. behind the enemy forces
  3. further from enemy forces

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