pull-down

[ poo l-doun ]
/ ˈpʊlˌdaʊn /

adjective

designed to be pulled down for use: a pull-down bed; a desk with a pull-down front.

Origin of pull-down

First recorded in 1905–10; adj. use of verb phrase pull down

Definition for pull down (2 of 2)

Origin of pull

before 1000; Middle English pullen (v.), Old English pullian to pluck, pluck the feathers of, pull, tug; compare Middle Low German pūlen to strip off husks, pick, Old Norse pūla to work hard

Related forms

pull·a·ble, adjectivepull·er, noun

Synonym study

2. See draw.
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British Dictionary definitions for pull down (1 of 2)

pull down


verb

(tr, adverb) to destroy or demolishthe old houses were pulled down

British Dictionary definitions for pull down (2 of 2)

pull

/ (pʊl) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Forms

puller, noun

Word Origin for pull

Old English pullian; related to Icelandic pūla to beat
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Idioms and Phrases with pull down (1 of 2)

pull down


1

Demolish, destroy, as in They pulled down several old office buildings downtown. [Early 1500s]

2

Lower, reduce; also, depress in health or spirits. For example, The bumper wheat crop is bound to pull down prices, or The flu really pulled him down. [Late 1500s]

3

Draw as wages, as in He pulled down a hefty salary. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with pull down (2 of 2)

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

also see:

  • fast one, pull a
  • have pull with
  • like pulling teeth
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