Variant of pull
- 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: Middle 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
- puller noun
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