[ pool-in ]

noun, adjectiveBritish.

Origin of pull-in

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pull in

pull in

  1. (intr often foll by to) to reach a destination: the train pulled in at the station

  2. Also: pull over (intr) (of a motor vehicle, driver, etc)

    • to draw in to the side of the road in order to stop or to allow another vehicle to pass

    • to stop (at a café, lay-by, etc)

  1. (tr) to draw or attract: his appearance will pull in the crowds

  2. (tr) slang to arrest

  3. (tr) to earn or gain (money)

  1. British a roadside café, esp for lorry drivers

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Other Idioms and Phrases with pull-in


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

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