I read a sentence in The Hindu which was:

Still, with military tensions with Pakistan on the boil, and little fiscal leeway to tease back momentum through increased spending,.....

What does "tease back" mean here?

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    I'm having trouble making sense of any of this with any sense of the word tease. – SamBC Mar 5 '19 at 10:15

This sentence probably relates indirectly to meaning 2 of tease in the Oxford Dictionary:

  1. Gently pull or comb (tangled wool, hair, etc.) into separate strands

This meaning of tease can also be used metaphorically- to gently rearrange something in a situation where using more strength would probably make the situation worse.

In this sentence, momentum probably relates to economic growth, so "tease back momentum" means to gently encourage economic growth.

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