pull-up

or pull·up

[ poo l-uhp ]
/ ˈpʊlˌʌp /

noun

an exercise consisting of chinning oneself, as on a horizontal bar attached at each end to a doorpost.
a flight maneuver in which an aircraft climbs sharply from level flight.

Origin of pull-up

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase pull up

Definition for pull up (2 of 2)

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 formspull·a·ble, adjectivepull·er, noun

Synonym study

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

pull up


verb (adverb)

(tr) to remove by the roots
(often foll by with or on) to move level (with) or ahead (of) or cause to move level (with) or ahead (of), esp in a race
to stop
(tr) to rebuke

noun pull-up

an exercise in which the body is raised up by the arms pulling on a horizontal bar fixed above the head
British old-fashioned a roadside café

British Dictionary definitions for pull up (2 of 2)

pull

/ (pʊl) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Formspuller, noun

Word Origin for pull

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

pull up


1

Stop or cause to stop, as in He pulled up his horse, or They pulled up in front of the door. [Early 1600s]

2

Catch up, advance in relation to others, as in a race. For example, She was behind at the start, but she quickly pulled up. [Late 1800s] Also see pull oneself up by one's bootstraps.

Idioms and Phrases with pull up (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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