(of an army) withdraw from enemy forces as a result of their superior power or after a defeat.

  1. an act of moving back or withdrawing.

    2. signal for a military force to withdraw.

    if I retreat from the insults you hurl at me like pre-programmed bombs 
    carried by drones feigning stealth-mode surveillance

    then I do so to watch you plant your colonizer flag in the sacred Earth’s natural minefield that will detonate without warning and scatter what remains of your best attempts to destroy me.

    Mission failure.