Pulled her chair up to the table; pulled the wagon down the street.
The dentist pulled the tooth.
I pulled the lever until it broke.
The dog pulled the toy to pieces.
Pulled on the cold beer with gusto; pull on a cigarette.
Pull a gun; pulled a knife on me.
Pull harder and the window will open.
We're pulling for our new president.
Gave the drawer a pull.
How much pull does this tugboat have?
A long pull across the mountains.
The lobbyist has pull with the senator.
A star with pull at the box office.
To pull a seam.
A pulled pork sandwich.
To pull a muscle.
To pull a patient's medical records.
To pull a raid.
To pull one's punches.
The robber pulled a gun on the bank teller.
A performer who pulls large crowds.
Pulled the car's engine; pulled the tainted meat product from the stores.
- 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.
To pull fruit from a tree; to pull flax; to pull a finch.
You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle.
I pulled at the club last night.
He's pulled that bird over there.
The favourite was pulled.
Let's stop at Finnigan's. The barkeep pulls a good pint.
He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.
In weights the favourite had the pull.
To take a pull at a mug of beer.
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 play a trick or perpetrate a fraud.
- To regain one's composure.
- To refrain from deploying all the resources or force at one's disposal:Didn't pull any punches during the negotiations.
- To do one's own share, as of work.
- To deploy all the resources or force at one's disposal:The Inaugural Committee pulled out all the stops when arranging the ceremonies.
- To play a joke on; tease or deceive.
- To carry out a deception or swindle:Worried that his partners might be trying to pull something behind his back.
- To exert secret control or influence in order to gain an end.
- To stop supporting or bring to an end:Pulled the plug on the new art courses.
- To remove all support and assistance from, usually suddenly.
- To throw an off-speed pitch.
- To deceive; hoodwink.
- To make a joint effort.
- To clear out; leave:She pulled up stakes in New England and moved to the desert.
- to find fault with; criticize
- to tear down, demolish, or overthrow
- to degrade; humble
- to reduce
- to get (a specified wage, grade, etc.)
- to cheer on, or hope for the success of
- to arrive
- to draw in or hold back
- to arrest and take to police headquarters
- to bring about, accomplish, or perform
- to depart
- to withdraw or retreat
- to escape from a contract, responsibility, etc.
- to level out from a dive or landing approach
- to drive (a vehicle) to or toward the curb or shoulder and come to a stop
- to induce (someone), as by signaling, to do this
- to get through or over (an illness, difficulty, etc.)
- to collect one's faculties; regain one's composure, courage, etc.
- to uproot
- to bring or come to a stop
- to check or rebuke
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of pull
- Middle English pullen from Old English pullian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition