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1. The act or process of pulling back, especially an orderly troop withdrawal.
2. A device for holding or drawing back: a pullback for heavy draperies.



the act of pulling back, esp. a retreat or a strategic withdrawal of troops.
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Noun1.pullback - 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"
holding device - a device for holding something
2.pullback - (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops); "the pullback is expected to be over 25,000 troops"
withdrawal - the act of withdrawing; "the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"


The moving back of a military force in the face of enemy attack or after a defeat:
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Chris Mangun, head of research of Eagle Equities said there may be a pullback this week.
When horizontal directional drilling (HDD) professionals discuss the size of an HDD rig, they typically refer to the maximum pullback force the unit can develop.
The system includes FastReam housing in place of a reamer to enlarge the hole during pullback.
Given the weak breakout factors, that pullback has the potential to fall deeper into the ascending triangle consolidation formation.
May 10 marked 176 days since a 5%+ pullback in the S&P 500, tying the record for stretches without a pullback in this 50-month-old bull market, so it may be close.
5 pct Some traders sell positions ahead of Bernanke speech Traders expect any pullback to be relatively minor Burberry fall knocks back luxury goods sector London: European shares fell from multi-year highs on Wednesday, with luxury goods stocks among the worst performers, as some investors sold in anticipation of a near-term pull-back in the market.
is said to be a homotopy pullback if for some (equivalently any) F-factorization of g (equivalently f or both), the induced map from D to the pullback E' = A [x.
Summary: The EURGBP pullback has reached the area just ahead of the 9/30 and 10/1 lows.
In the West, one broker notes that aluminum scrap has yet to see a pullback, resulting in a fairly steady market for many of the grades.
A simultaneous pullback in available capital for further real estate investment created a state of illiquidity in both the debt and real estate markets that, combined with the mass sell-off, had the effect of causing property pricing to plummet.
Following Israel's pullback from parts of the Gaza Strip on June 29-30, this is the first return of policing control to the PA in the West Bank, under the road map.
Pakistan said Thursday it will begin withdraw its troops from the border with Indian, announcing the measure a day after India announced a partial military pullback from the border.