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[ pool-uhp ]
/ ˈpʊlˌʌp /
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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.
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Origin of pull-up

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase pull up
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British Dictionary definitions for pull-up

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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pull-up

pull up


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


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.

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