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Phrasal Verbs

pull back

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. nearer the enemy forces

b. behind the enemy forces

c. further from enemy forces

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