- 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
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Examples from the Web for pull-up
Most perimeter defenders are powerless against his first step and pull-up jumpers.James, Wade Step Up as Miami Beats OKC Thunder in Game 2
June 15, 2012
And now he spoke with the irritation of one who had felt a pull-up.Lord Kilgobbin
This pull-up, for such it most effectually was, completely unmanned me.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
Think of all that it means, that it may mean to England, if we can keep these men from drifting, and give them a pull-up in time!A College Girl
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I went for a change to another "pull-up" than my usual one, and there paid tenpence for a wholly insufficient dinner.
Even had I been able to afford it, my "pull-up" had now become such a stove that I do not think I could have entered it.