, pulls verb, transitive
- To apply force to so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the source of the force.
- To remove from a fixed position; extract: The dentist pulled the tooth.
- To tug at; jerk or tweak.
- To rip or tear; rend.
- To stretch (taffy, for example) repeatedly.
- To strain (a muscle, for example) injuriously.
- Informal To attract; draw: a performer who pulls large crowds.
- Slang To draw out (a weapon) in readiness for use: pull a gun; pulled a knife on me.
- Informal To remove: pulled the engine; pulled the tainted meat product from the stores.
- Sports To hit (a ball) so that it moves in the direction away from the dominant hand of the player propelling it, as to the left of a right-handed player.
a. To operate (an oar) in rowing.
b. To transport or propel by rowing.
c. To be rowed by: That boat pulls six oars.
- To rein in (a horse) to keep it from winning a race.
- Printing To produce (a print or an impression) from type.
- To exert force in moving something toward the source of the force.
- To drink or inhale deeply: pulled on the cold beer with gusto; pull on a cigarette.
- Nautical To row a boat.
- Informal To express or feel great sympathy or empathy: We're pulling for our new president.
Phrasal Verbs: pull ahead
- The act or process of pulling.
- Force exerted in pulling or required to overcome resistance in pulling.
- A sustained effort: a long pull across the mountains.
- Something, such as a knob on a drawer, that is used for pulling.
- A deep inhalation or draft, as on a cigarette or of a beverage.
- Slang A means of gaining special advantage; influence: The lobbyist has pull with the senator.
- Informal Ability to draw or attract; appeal: a star with pull at the box office.
To move ahead, as in a race. pull away
To move away or backward; withdraw: The limousine pulled away from the curb.
To move ahead: The horse pulled away and took the lead in the race. pull back
To withdraw or retreat. pull down
To demolish; destroy: pull down an old office building.
To reduce to a lower level. To depress, as in spirits or health. Informal
To draw (money) as wages: pulls down a hefty salary. pull in
To arrive at a destination: We pulled in at midnight.
To rein in; restrain. To arrest (a criminal suspect, for example). pull off Informal
To perform in spite of difficulties or obstacles; bring off: pulled off a last-minute victory. pull out
To leave or depart: The train pulls out at noon.
To withdraw, as from a situation or commitment: After the crash, many Wall Street investors pulled out. pull over
To bring a vehicle to a stop at a curb or at the side of a road: We pulled over to watch the sunset.
To instruct or force (a motorist) to bring his or her vehicle to a stop at a curb or at the side of a road: The state trooper pulled the speeding motorist over. pull round
To restore or be restored to sound health. pull through
To come or bring successfully through trouble or illness. pull up
To bring or come to a halt. To move to a position or place ahead, as in a race.
Origin: Middle English pullen
Origin: , from Old English pullian