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[poo l-uhp] /ˈpʊlˌʌp/
an exercise consisting of chinning oneself, as on a horizontal bar attached at each end to a doorpost.
a flight maneuver in which an aircraft climbs sharply from level flight.
Origin of pull-up
First recorded in 1850-55; noun use of verb phrase pull up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And now he spoke with the irritation of one who had felt a pull-up.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • This pull-up, for such it most effectually was, completely unmanned me.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • Think of all that it means, that it may mean to England, if we can keep these men from drifting, and give them a pull-up in time!

    A College Girl Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • I went for a change to another "pull-up" than my usual one, and there paid tenpence for a wholly insufficient dinner.

  • Even had I been able to afford it, my "pull-up" had now become such a stove that I do not think I could have entered it.

  • Our first pull-up was by a little potato-field, memorable as the spot where the gallant Wolfe fell.

    Impressions of America Tyrone Power

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