Use one's higher status to compel obedience or obtain privileges, as in She hated pulling rank in the office, but sometimes it was necessary. This term comes from the military. [c. 1920]
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It is a spy series at its core, but you guys never really pull from the headlines.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Just how many fake nodes would be needed in order to pull off a successful Sybil attack against Tor is not known.
Botala remembers that the rebels would pull into the island, loot what they could, and then take the haul back to Stanleyville.
All it took was a good idea, and OK Go had one—and the drive to pull it off.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age|Lauren Schwartzberg|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Absolutely: “Courage I would rank now in the hierarchy of art and love.”Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness|Ronald K. Fried|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He distinguished himself in several campaigns, especially in the Peninsular war, and was raised to the rank of field marshal.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Strange to say, the silken cord yielded to the first pull, as if nothing had been wrong with it at all!The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Never grasp a Fern plant from above and try to pull it away, as this will be almost sure to result in damage.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
"I ordered you not to come," said Aspinall: "I can still pull a trigger, Sir," replied the man.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
This harmless image of a fierce beast Yung Pak would pull about the floor with a string by the hour.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike