- To pull is defined as to make something move toward something else by tugging or dragging.
- An example of pull is hitching a trailer to a car and moving it down the street.
- An example of pull is someone bringing a door toward themselves to open it.
- to exert force or influence on so as to cause to move toward or after the source of the force; drag, tug, draw, attract, etc.
- to draw out; pluck out; extract: to pull a tooth
- to pick or uproot: to pull carrots
- to draw apart; rip; tear: to pull a seam
- ☆ to stretch (taffy, etc.) back and forth repeatedly
- to stretch or strain to the point of injury: to pull a muscle
- ☆ Informal to put into effect; carry out; perform: to pull a raid
- Informal to hold back; restrain: to pull one's punches
- ☆ to take (a gun, knife, etc.) from concealment so as to threaten
- to take or force off or out; remove: to pull a wheel from a car
- Dialectal to draw the entrails from (a fowl)
- Baseball, Golf to hit (the ball) and make it go to the left or, if left-handed, to the right
- Horse Racing to rein in or restrain (a horse) so as to keep it from winning
- Printing to take (a proof) on a hand press
- to work (an oar) by drawing it toward one
- to propel or transport by rowing
Origin of pullMiddle English pullen ; from Old English pullian, to pluck, snatch with the fingers: uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Middle Low German pull, a husk, shell
- to exert force in or for dragging, tugging, or attracting something
- to take a deep draft of a drink or puff at a cigarette, etc.
- to be capable of being pulled
- to move or drive a vehicle (away, ahead, around, out, etc.)
- ☆ Football to run behind, and parallel to, the line of scrimmage, as to provide blocking for a ballcarrier: said of an offensive lineman
- the act, force, or result of pulling; specif.,
- a dragging, tugging, attracting, etc.
- the act or an instance of rowing
- a drink
- a puff at a cigarette, etc.
- a difficult, continuous effort, as in climbing
- the force needed to move a weight, trigger, etc., measured in pounds
- something to be pulled, as the handle of a drawer, etc.
- ☆ Informal
- influence or special advantage
- drawing power; appeal
pull a face
- to tear down, demolish, or overthrow
- to degrade; humble
- to reduce
- Informal to get (a specified wage, grade, etc.)
pull for☆ Informal
- to arrive
- to draw in or hold back
- Slang to arrest and take to police headquarters
pull oneself together
- ☆ to depart
- ☆ to withdraw or retreat
- ☆ to escape from a contract, responsibility, etc.
- Aeron. to level out from a dive or landing approach
- to uproot
- to bring or come to a stop
- to drive (a vehicle) to a specified place
- to make (an aircraft) nose up sharply
- to check or rebuke
verbpulled, pull·ing, pulls
- To apply force to (something) so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the source of the force: pulled her chair up to the table; pulled the wagon down the street.
- To remove from a fixed position; extract: The dentist pulled the tooth.
- To tug at; jerk or tweak: I pulled the lever until it broke.
- To rip or tear; rend: The dog pulled the toy to pieces.
- 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 car's 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.
- Nautical 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: Pull harder and the window will open.
- a. To move in a certain direction or toward a certain goal: pulled into the driveway; pulled even with the race leader.b. To gain a position closer to an objective: Our team has pulled within three points of the league leader.
- 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.
- The act or process of pulling: gave the drawer a pull.
- Force exerted in pulling or required to overcome resistance in pulling: How much pull does this tugboat have?
- 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 The ability to draw or attract; appeal: a star with pull at the box office.
Origin of pullMiddle English pullen, from Old English pullian.
(third-person singular simple present pulls, present participle pulling, simple past and past participle pulled)
- to apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force
- To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward oneself; to pluck.
- to pull fruit from a tree; to pull flax; to pull a finch
- (intransitive) to apply a force such that an object comes toward the person or thing applying the force
- You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle.
- To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
- (intransitive, UK, Ireland, slang) to persuade (someone) to have sex with one
- I pulled at the club last night.
- He's pulled that bird over there.
- to remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability
- Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves.
- (informal) to do or perform
- He regularly pulls 12-hour days, sometimes 14.
- You'll be sent home if you pull another stunt like that.
- to retrieve or generate for use
- I'll have to pull a part number for that.
- to toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field
- (intransitive) to row
- To strain (a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.).
- (video games, intransitive) To draw (a hostile non-player character) into combat, or toward or away from some location or target.
- to score a certain amount of points in a sport.
- (horse-racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning.
- The favourite was pulled.
- (printing, dated) To take or make (a proof or impression); so called because hand presses were worked by pulling a lever.
- (cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. (See noun sense.)
- (UK, slang) To pour beer from a pump, keg, or other source.
- Let's stop at Finnigan's. The barkeep pulls a good pint.
- An act of pulling (applying force)
- He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.
- An attractive force which causes motion towards the source
- The spaceship came under the pull of the gas giant.
- iron fillings drawn by the pull of a magnet
- She took a pull on her cigarette.
- Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope
- a zipper pull
- (slang, dated) Something in one's favour in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing.
- In weights the favourite had the pull.
- Appeal or attraction (as of a movie star)
- (Internet, uncountable) The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology
- A journey made by rowing
- (dated) A contest; a struggle.
- a wrestling pull
- (slang) The act of drinking.
- to take a pull at a mug of beer
- (cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.