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English definition of “draw back”

draw back

verb uk phrasal verb with draw   /drɔː/ us    /drɑː/ (drew, drawn)
to move away from someone or something, usually because you are surprised or frightened: She leaned forward to stroke the dog but quickly drew back when she saw its teeth.
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