Idioms for pull

Origin of pull

First recorded before 1000; Middle English verb pullen, 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”

synonym study for pull

2. See draw.


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British Dictionary definitions for pull

/ (pʊl) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived forms of pull

puller, noun

Word Origin for pull

Old English pullian; related to Icelandic pūla to beat
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