pull back


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pull back make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him","He backed out of his earlier promise","The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"
    • v pull back stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow) "The archers were drawing their bows"
    • v pull back move to a rearward position; pull towards the back "Pull back your arms!"
    • v pull back use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
    • v pull back pull back or move away or backward "The enemy withdrew","The limo pulled away from the curb"
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  • Margaret Thatcher
    “I shan't be pulling the levers there but I shall be a very good back-seat driver.”


In literature:

Mr Worthy instantly pulled back to take him in.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
Finding that there was no one else to assist, we pulled back to the ship.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
I was placed in the bottom of the boat, for there was little time in that heavy sea to attend to me, and she pulled back towards the ship.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
She tossed the flower into my face as her escort, with a shout of mock anger, pulled her back to him.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
The boy was about to do so, when one of the men seized him and pulled him back.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
He put some of the antiseptic on her scalp bruise and she squeaked, pulling back.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
If one attempts to gain a certain goal, there always stands another ready to pull him back.
"Sparkling Gems of Race Knowledge Worth Reading" by Various
Piney's brows were lifted and his lips were pulled back.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
He shinned up into the hole, and pulled the grill back into its slot behind him.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
We will never pull down these big department stores or go back to the little ones.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

Have you ever seen a shining ship
Riding the broad-backed wave,
While the sailors pull the ropes and sing
The chantey's lusty stave?
"A Shining Ship" by Harry Kemp
If I see a motorist coming
'Bout a hundred miles too fast
I just pull out my notebook and pencil
And stand back until he's gone past.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
Thou Rome, thy Frogs yape all in vayne,
thy Scorpions stinges be dull:
Thou Rome, take heede, the Kings on earth,
thy flesh from backe will pull.
"A description of olde Rome" by Roger Cotton
Brightness that I pull back
From the Zodiac,
Why those questioning eyes
That are fixed upon me?
What can they do but shun me
If empty night replies?
"A First Confession" by William Butler Yeats
So, pulling himself together —at last
He's upon his feet —to redeem the past.
" I promise I'll back no more horses," he said,
" Henceforth—I swear— I'll BACK DOGS instead!"
"The Prodigal Son (or The Morning After!)" by T W Connor
But seasons must be challenged or they totter
Into a chiming quarter
Where, punctual as death, we ring the stars;
There, in his night, the black-tongued bells
The sleepy man of winter pulls,
Nor blows back moon-and-midnight as she blows.
"I See The Boys Of Summer" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

"Just when I thought I was out," he said, chuckling, "they pull me back in.".
And just when you thought this post was done, we pull you back in.
Nonfarm employment increased by 146,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, defying expectations of a sharp pull back related to superstorm Sandy.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department says the woman told them she was pulled from her car, bound and then left in her back seat for hours.
Back in the 1980s, a local trickster used to pull the same stunt every November.
Roberto Hernandez pulls back the cover to reveal the Mayan-themed art on his vintage Chevy Impala.
Barker this weekend did us all a favor, pulling back the veil on one of the unseemly aspects of college sports.
While the US has pledged to work toward a negotiated settlement with insurgents, some insiders say the US is pulling back from that.
Open foil packets with scissors and carefully pull back edges (contents may be very hot).
Will world leaders who pulled us back from the brink of a new Great Depression throw in the towel before the global economy gets the unemployed back to work.
Parker 's back-to-back pull-up jumpers from t. Pacers aim to stop slide versus Spurs.
UPDATE 6-Oil pulls back as economic concerns trump jobs gains.
Pulling back to earlier profitability levels.
Citizens pulls back from loan program .
Ohio Officials Pull Back Medicaid Eligibility Plan.

In science:

The family GW invariants can now be defined by pulling back cohomology classes by the evaluation and stabilization maps and integrating over the virtual fundamental cycle.
Family Gromov-Witten Invariants for Kahler Surfaces
By considering the pull-back φ∗ on differentials we see that this morphism will be a “Q-linear combination” of compositions of morphisms α∗ d ’s and Rχ ’s for some integers d and Dirichlet characters χ.
Belyi parametrisations of elliptic curves and congruence defects
Given a morphism α : H → G, construct the pull-back Pα of p along α.
Non-simple localizations of finite simple groups
Furthermore, if A −→ A′ is a morphism of cdga, one has a pull-back functor A − C at −→ A′ − C at, obtained by tensoring the dg-A-modules Cx,y with A′ .
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
It is easy to see that Zariski decompositions agree via pull-backs.
On Zariski decomposition problem