Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pull back from

pull back from
1) create a distance, disassociate yourself from sth, change your mind about your level of involvement
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    • pull back from a project/commitment/relationship
  • Analysis
    ‘To pull back from something’ is a phrasal verb which means to discontinue doing something due to financial costs or problems or to distance yourself from something. “We had to pull back from that project as there were too many disagreements.” “We had to pull back from the trip this year as we just couldn’t afford it.”
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I have a lot of family responsibilities, so I will have to pull back from playing football this year.
    2. When the clothing store learned that the manufacturer was using child labor, they pulled back from their dealings with them.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Our investors pulled back from their agreement when they were made aware of the high volume of CO2 emissions in production.
    2. We need to put pressure on government organisations to pull back on funding in areas where corruption is evident.
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