Idioms

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

Related forms

pull·a·ble, adjectivepull·er, noun

Synonym study

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

pull through


verb

Also: pull round to survive or recover or cause to survive or recover, esp after a serious illness or crisis

noun pull-through

a weighted cord with a piece of cloth at the end used to clean the bore of a firearm

British Dictionary definitions for pull through (2 of 2)

pull

/ (pʊl) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Forms

puller, noun

Word Origin for pull

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

pull through


Survive a difficult situation or illness, as in We've had to declare bankruptcy, but I'm sure we'll pull through. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with pull through (2 of 2)

pull


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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