verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to have effectiveness, as specified: The ad pulled badly.
- to be effective: That spot announcement really pulled!
- to move or draw back or away; withdraw.
- to free oneself with force: He tried to pull away from his opponent's powerful grip.
- to move or start to move ahead: The car pulled away into traffic. The faster runners began to pull away from the others.
- to draw downward: to pull a shade down.
- to demolish; wreck.
- to lower; reduce.
- Informal. to receive as a salary; earn: It wasn't long before he was pulling down more than two hundred thousand a year.
- to reach a place; arrive: The train pulled in early.
- to tighten; curb: to pull in the reins.
- Informal. to arrest (someone): The police pulled her in for questioning.
- to leave; depart: The ship pulled out of the harbor.
- to abandon abruptly: to pull out of an agreement.
- to bring or come to a halt.
- to bring or draw closer.
- to root up; pull out: She pulled up all the crab grass in the lawn.
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Idioms for pull
Origin of pull
synonym study for pull
OTHER WORDS FROM pullpull·a·ble, adjectivepull·er, noun
Words nearby pull
Example sentences from the Web for pull
Finally, the gravitational pull of the whole Milky Way galaxy can lure away some stars.Milky Way’s tidal forces are shredding a nearby star cluster|Ken Croswell|August 18, 2020|Science News For Students
Stellar gatherings such as the Hyades, known as open star clusters, are born with hundreds or thousands of stars that are held close to one another by their mutual gravitational pull.The star cluster closest to Earth is in its death throes|Ken Croswell|July 24, 2020|Science News
As vehicle sales cooled over in recent years, EVs have resisted the pull of gravity, selling roughly a million new units every six months since 2018.Electric cars got crushed in 2020, but next year could be their best|Michael J. Coren|July 16, 2020|Quartz
The rider lies on a bed, head pointing toward the center of the carousel, which spins to exert a horizontal centrifugal force out toward the feet that’s as strong as the downward pull of gravity.What will astronauts need to survive the dangerous journey to Mars?|Maria Temming|July 15, 2020|Science News
Those waves, called tidal waves, are created by the gravitational pull of the sun or moon.
Just how many fake nodes would be needed in order to pull off a successful Sybil attack against Tor is not known.
All it took was a good idea, and OK Go had one—and the drive to pull it off.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age|Lauren Schwartzberg|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And we do mean drunken—in the keep your kids at home, pull the shades kind of drunken.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest|David Freedlander|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even private institutions, which most likely have less bureaucratic hurdles to deal with, have been slow to pull the trigger.
As in the past, you can pull up beside some ladies of the night and call them into your car.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’|Alec Kubas-Meyer|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To do him justice he was a well-built lad, and those who had seen him out on the river knew he could pull a good oar.The Eight-Oared Victors|Lester Chadwick
Always felt a little ashamed of it, but we did pull out some remarkable things.Song of the Lark|Willa Cather
And of course they all have to gather round and watch me close, as if I was about to pull some miracle.The House of Torchy|Sewell Ford
I signal for the men to pull her up alongside of the wall, but it cannot be done; then to cross.Canyons of the Colorado|J. W. Powell
Teeny-bits stood up stiffly and began to pull on his torn sweater, while the two Chinese watched him with fascinated eyes.The Mark of the Knife|Clayton H. Ernst
British Dictionary definitions for pull
verb (mainly tr)
- informal to restrain the force of one's criticisms or actions
- boxing to restrain the force of one's blows, esp when deliberately losing after being bribed, etc
Derived forms of pullpuller, noun
Word Origin for pull
Idioms and Phrases with pull
In addition to the idioms beginning with pull
- pull a boner
- pull a fast one
- pull away
- pull back
- pull down
- pull in
- pulling teeth
- pull in one's horns
- pull no punches
- pull off
- pull oneself together
- pull oneself up by the bootstraps
- pull one's punches
- pull one's weight
- pull out
- pull out all the stops
- pull out of a hat
- pull over
- pull rank
- pull round
- pull someone's chain
- pull someone's leg
- pull something
- pull strings
- pull the plug on
- pull the rug out from under
- pull the wool over someone's eyes
- pull through
- pull together
- pull up
- pull up stakes
- pull wires
- fast one, pull a
- have pull with
- like pulling teeth