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- v. to wait, to not proceed.
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- v. to lag or linger behind
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The enemy’s troops could hang back and relax as their new weapons of war picked off the brave but helpless Wullsakaans squad by squad, line by line.
He had assumed that the crew would include a genuine dragon-fighter or two, so that if a mere unskilled nobody like himself were to hang back or simply vanish nobody would much care and the dragon would eventually be disposed of just the same.
From now on it would be impossible for him to hang back and hide on the battlefield.