[ poo l-in ]
/ ˈpʊlˌɪn /

noun, adjective British.

Origin of pull-in

First recorded in 1935–40; noun, adj. use of verb phrase pull in

Definition for pull in (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


pull·a·ble, adjectivepull·er, noun

synonym study for pull

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

pull in

verb (adverb)

(intr often foll by to) to reach a destinationthe train pulled in at the station
Also: pull over (intr) (of a motor vehicle, driver, etc)
  1. to draw in to the side of the road in order to stop or to allow another vehicle to pass
  2. to stop (at a café, lay-by, etc)
(tr) to draw or attracthis appearance will pull in the crowds
(tr) slang to arrest
(tr) to earn or gain (money)

noun pull-in

British a roadside café, esp for lorry drivers

British Dictionary definitions for pull in (2 of 2)

/ (pʊl) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived forms of pull

puller, noun

Word Origin for pull

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

pull in


Arrive at a destination, as in The train pulled in right on time. [c. 1900]


Rein in, restrain, as in She pulled in her horse, or The executives did not want to pull in their most aggressive salesmen. [c. 1600]


Arrest a suspect, as in The police said they could pull him in on lesser charges. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with pull in (2 of 2)


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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