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    Cool Draw back/Fall back/Back off?

    Hello amigos!

    I Drew back/Fell back/Backed off as soon as I sighted a big unsmiling dog coming towards me.

    Which of them must I employ in this case? Is there a subtle difference among them ?

    Thanks,

    Sam

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    Re: Draw back/Fall back/Back off?

    As a Brit and mentor, but not a teacher, my thoughts would be, based on the OED:

    AskOxford: back
    back off draw back from confrontation
    This suggests to me that you want to permanently avoid a confrontation

    AskOxford: fall
    fall back retreat
    An army may wish to temporarily "fall back/retreat" to give them time to recover, regroup and launch a counter-attack.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Draw back/Fall back/Back off?

    Quote Originally Posted by sambistapt View Post
    Hello amigos!

    I Drew back/Fell back/Backed off as soon as I sighted a big unsmiling dog coming towards me.

    Which of them must I employ in this case? Is there a subtle difference among them ?

    Thanks,

    Sam
    Back off (from someone or something)= Back away(from someone or something): 1- To move backward from a person or thing; To withdraw physically from someone or something 2- To begin to appear uninterested in someone or something.

    Draw back: To pull back; To respond to begin to be pulled back!

    Fall back: To move back from someone; to retreat from something!

    So second choice is the best to be used in the blank!

    I Drew back as soon as I sighted a big unsmiling dog coming towards me.

    But with the others even that will be okay.

    Cheers,
    P

    (Not a teacher)

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