[ pool-awf, -of ]
/ ˈpʊlˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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an act of pulling off: The inn is well worth a pull-off from the Interstate.
a rest area at the side of a road where vehicles may park.



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Origin of pull-off

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase pull off
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British Dictionary definitions for pull-off

pull off

verb (tr)

to remove (clothing) forcefully
(adverb) to succeed in performing (a difficult feat)
(intr) (of a motor vehicle, driver, etc) to move to the side of the road and stop
(intr) (of a motor vehicle, driver, etc) to start to move
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with pull-off

pull off

Accomplish, bring off, especially in the face of difficulties or at the last minute. For example, I never thought we'd ever stage this play, but somehow we pulled it off. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]

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