I tend to think of this as a military term for "remove one's forces from" but not in a "retreat" sense of the word. Retreat to me connotates a defeat in some way. A "withdrawal" (which is more what "pull out" is) is more like: we've decided we're finished here (even if we're not really finished here). And it is a close call for an idiom. --Stranger 15:32, 8 September 2005 (UTC)
- Idiom-wise, this one is borderline, but it's at least idiom enough to merit the mark, I think. I took a quick survey (of one roommate) and when asked, without context, to use the words "pull out" in a sentence, he produced a military example. That is more than the sum of its parts, I'd say.
- Also, I'd agree that it's not necessarily a retreat. A retreat is forced by the enemy, whereas a withdrawal is more voluntary. I'll try to make the main article reflect that distinction, now.--Dvortygirl 01:14, 17 October 2005 (UTC)