draw back

[draw back] {v.} To move back; back away; step backward; withdraw; move away from.

When the man spotted the rattle snake, he drew back and aimed his shotgun.

The children drew back from the dog when it barked at them.

When the pitcher drew back his arm to pitch the ball, Tom ran as fast as he could to steal second base.

Some juice from the grapefruit that Father was eating squirted in his eye and he drew back in surprise.

Compare: DROP BACK.