[ pool-in ]
/ ˈpʊlˌɪn /
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noun, adjective British.



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Origin of pull-in

First recorded in 1935–40; noun, adj. use of verb phrase pull in
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British Dictionary definitions for pull-in

pull in

verb (adverb)

(intr often foll by to) to reach a destinationthe train pulled in at the station
Also: pull over (intr) (of a motor vehicle, driver, etc)
  1. to draw in to the side of the road in order to stop or to allow another vehicle to pass
  2. to stop (at a café, lay-by, etc)
(tr) to draw or attracthis appearance will pull in the crowds
(tr) slang to arrest
(tr) to earn or gain (money)

noun pull-in

British a roadside café, esp for lorry drivers
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Idioms and Phrases with pull-in

pull in


Arrive at a destination, as in The train pulled in right on time. [c. 1900]


Rein in, restrain, as in She pulled in her horse, or The executives did not want to pull in their most aggressive salesmen. [c. 1600]


Arrest a suspect, as in The police said they could pull him in on lesser charges. [Late 1800s]

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