View synonyms for pull-off


[ pool-awf, -of ]


  1. an act of pulling off:

    The inn is well worth a pull-off from the Interstate.

  2. a rest area at the side of a road where vehicles may park.

pull off


  1. to remove (clothing) forcefully
  2. adverb to succeed in performing (a difficult feat)
  3. intr (of a motor vehicle, driver, etc) to move to the side of the road and stop
  4. intr (of a motor vehicle, driver, etc) to start to move

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pull-off1

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase pull off

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Idioms and Phrases

Accomplish, bring off, especially in the face of difficulties or at the last minute. For example, I never thought we'd ever stage this play, but somehow we pulled it off . [ Colloquial ; second half of 1800s]

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Example Sentences

The light pull-off enables a steady shooter to make surpassingly fine diagrams.

Most of the modern work reveals a tiny blue dot at the pull-off of the fine hair brush or pencil.

"My fingers are shaky, and this is a hard pull-off, or I'd have shown you the man who betrayed me," he said.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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