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/ ˈpʊlˌaʊt /
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an act or instance of pulling out; removal.
a withdrawal, as of troops or funds; pullback.
a maneuver by which an aircraft levels into horizontal flight after a dive.
a section of a newspaper or magazine that is complete in itself and may be removed and retained: a 24-page pullout of barbecue recipes.
an area at the side of a road where drivers may pull off for emergencies, to rest or view the scenery, etc.; pull-off.
designed to be pulled out or removed: pullout compartments in a desk.
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Origin of pullout

First recorded in 1815–25; noun, adj. use of verb phrase pull out
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What does pull out mean?

To pull out means to remove something, as in Frieda’s tooth was very wiggly, so her mom pulled it out for her.

To pull out also means to withdraw from something, like a race or a contest, as in Haidar had to pull out of the student council race because his family was moving across the country.

Finally, to pull out means to leave or move away from a location, as in Jayla pulled her car out of the driveway carefully, looking both ways before moving into the street.

Example: We need to pull out of this deal before it’s too late.

Where does pull out come from?

The first records of the phrase pull out come from around 1330. It combines the word pull, meaning “to draw or tug at with force,” and the word out, meaning “away from.” Literally, pull out  means “to draw away from.”

Pull out broadly means to remove oneself or to remove something, but it has several specialized uses. For example, in the military, to pull out means “to retreat or withdraw from a battle that is difficult to win.” When an aircraft levels out after a dive, we can say the aircraft is pulling out.

The noun pullout is used to describe the action of pulling out. It can also describe a page or series of pages in a book or magazine that can be unfolded in a larger page or that can be torn out easily.

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How is pull out used in real life?

Pull out is a commonly used verb phrase.



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Tadi had to pull out of the marathon because he twisted his ankle during a practice run.

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British Dictionary definitions for pullout

pull out

verb (adverb)
noun pull-out
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

Other Idioms and Phrases with pullout

pull out


Leave, depart, as in The bus pulled out at noon. [Mid-1800s]


Withdraw from an undertaking, as in After the crash many investors pulled out of the market. [Late 1800s]

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