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The cat retracted her claws.
  to move back or in — such as an airplane’s landing gear


to take back something previously said — such as a promise or opinion
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  • The cat retracted her claws.
  • She retracted her earlier statements after getting to know him better.
  • You will retract this assertion, will you not, Beauchamp?
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The monster let out an angry shriek and pulled back several feet, its spikes retracting into its body.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner

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  • I then retracted as many statements as I could, claiming that I had lied about everything.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • It was a terrible thing to him to retract a word,
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • He took out the old blade and laid it on the shelf and put in one of the new ones and screwed the handle back together and retracted the blade and put the cutter in his pocket.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • It retracted and smacked against the door, making us both jump.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • The creature didn’t move, didn’t retract, didn’t let out any sort of sound, human or inhuman.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • There were several hisses and clicks; then the wire retracted back into the device and Jorge stepped away.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • I informed Rhonda Boney that I was going to be a father and so could no longer assist in any investigation—that I was, in fact, planning to retract any statement I’d made concerning my misplaced belief that my wife had framed me, and I was also ready to admit my role in the credit cards.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • On the ground, Brian retracted his hand and screamed while the boot on his neck pressed down even harder.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Jordan gave another bubbling gasp and slid to his knees, the sword retracting, slipping back out of his body as he collapsed to the ground and revealed what was behind him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • There was a whirring sound as the rope retracted into the device, yanking him to Alec, who had a hand outstretched.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • The screen retracts.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Emma laid a hand on my knee, then retracted it.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The sun has come out from a break in the clouds, and Liv has retracted the convertible top to her brilliantine emerald car.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Cinder retracted her hand.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He watched each race, but he was silent, his head retracted into the high collar of his jacket.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Meg’s blades retracted, once again becoming gold rings on her middle fingers.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • If they mentioned it aloud, she might retract it.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Unfortunately, the paper never identified this statement as rumor and never bothered to retract it either.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • This was the old-fashioned, short kind of leash, not the permis— sive retractable kind that people nowadays favored.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Then he’d find the nerves and cut them, causing them to retract and reduce the potential for the phenomenon called phantom pain—the sharp feeling of ache in a portion of a limb that no longer exists in reality but still sends signals to the brain.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • The bay edges farther from us, and as always I have the same fantasy I did as a child: that maybe it won’t come back, maybe the whole ocean will disappear forever, drawn back across the surface of the earth like lips retracting over teeth, revealing the cool, white hardness underneath, the bleached bone.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Now, in a single moment, I had to retract my sweeping indictment of TV: it had not failed completely, only partially.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • How long this went on I do not know, but when at last it occurred to me to reciprocate or try to, and began to unlimber my own tongue with a gargling sound, I felt hers retract like a deflated bladder, and she pulled her mouth away from mine, then pressed her face against my cheek.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • His eyes started to work again, and he noticed the large hypodermic needle retracting from his forearm.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Ingvall couldn’t prove otherwise and Alan could always retract.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The fangs retracted until it was just his lips pressing against my neck.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Buckman," he said, "perhaps you would like to retract those last words?
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • His fangs had retracted, slowly, but they still ached.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The moment the last person disembarks, the equipment retracts.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Shay twisted the handle again, and the ribs retracted.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • A caddy retracted his statement, and the only other witness admitted that he might have been mistaken.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I rolled up my pants and hopped from one craggy rock to the next, choosing one close to where the waves crashed and retracted.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • You don’t want to retract that either?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • For a second they both shuffle back and forth, one jerking an arm forward and then retracting it, the other kicking and missing.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Let things take their course; perhaps you may not have to retract.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • You have pledged your word, and cannot retract.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The turtle had retracted into its shell; all that showed of its head was its eyes and its beak, surrounded by circles of skin.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • One of his sleeves retracted and I saw marks on his forearm—I’d seen those same tracks on homeless people living in grimy alleys in San Francisco.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The conveyor belt entered the room on their right through a narrow slit beneath a retractable door.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • A curtain of dark camouflage material retracted, and Leo could see the guy who’d been invisible a second before.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Then he evidently retracted his favourable judgment, why I do not know.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • In all probability, this time his master would not retract.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • And when she opened her mouth, sideways mandibles snapped and retracted outside her regular human teeth.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • She retracted her hand, but her eyes were warm.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • There are chairs and couches to sit on, but what’s wonderful is that the back windows retract into the ceiling so you’re riding outside, in the fresh air, and you can see a wide sweep of the landscape.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • During the second interview, Nathan even retracted baptism as a specific program, and suggested we might organize some kind of sprinkling.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
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