verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to have effectiveness, as specified: The ad pulled badly.
- to be effective: That spot announcement really pulled!
- to move or draw back or away; withdraw.
- to free oneself with force: He tried to pull away from his opponent's powerful grip.
- to move or start to move ahead: The car pulled away into traffic. The faster runners began to pull away from the others.
- to draw downward: to pull a shade down.
- to demolish; wreck.
- to lower; reduce.
- Informal.to receive as a salary; earn: It wasn't long before he was pulling down more than fifty thousand a year.
- to reach a place; arrive: The train pulled in early.
- to tighten; curb: to pull in the reins.
- Informal.to arrest (someone): The police pulled her in for questioning.
- to leave; depart: The ship pulled out of the harbor.
- to abandon abruptly: to pull out of an agreement.
- to bring or come to a halt.
- to bring or draw closer.
- to root up; pull out: She pulled up all the crab grass in the lawn.
Origin of pull
Antonyms for pull
Related Words for pulltear, haul, rip, tow, pluck, trail, drag, remove, pick, stretch, tug, yank, win, draw, get, cull, evolve, dislocate, rend, jerk
Examples from the Web for pull
Contemporary Examples of pull
Just how many fake nodes would be needed in order to pull off a successful Sybil attack against Tor is not known.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
All it took was a good idea, and OK Go had one—and the drive to pull it off.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age
December 15, 2014
And we do mean drunken—in the keep your kids at home, pull the shades kind of drunken.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest
December 12, 2014
Even private institutions, which most likely have less bureaucratic hurdles to deal with, have been slow to pull the trigger.Millions Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up
November 25, 2014
As in the past, you can pull up beside some ladies of the night and call them into your car.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
November 22, 2014
Historical Examples of pull
She had begun to pull away in alarm when he seized her wrist.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
In such a case he would have told the lady not to pull his leg.Viviette
William J. Locke
I was forced to turn my face from them, and pull out my handkerchief.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
If he exposed himself, would not the three of them pull their guns?Way of the Lawless
You pull down, you despoil; but they build up, they restore.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
verb (mainly tr)
- informalto restrain the force of one's criticisms or actions
- boxingto restrain the force of one's blows, esp when deliberately losing after being bribed, etc
Word Origin for pull
c.1300, "to move forcibly by pulling, to drag," from Old English pullian "to pluck off (wool), to draw out," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Low German pulen "remove the shell or husk," Frisian pûlje "to shell, husk," Middle Dutch polen "to peel, strip," Icelandic pula "work hard."
Early 14c. as "to pick, pull off, gather" (fruit, flowers, berries, leaves, petals, etc.); mid-14c. as "to uproot, pull up" (of teeth, weeds, etc.). Sense of "to draw, attract" (to oneself) is from c.1400; sense of "to pluck at with the fingers" is from c.1400. Meaning "tear to pieces" is mid-15c. By late 16c. it had replaced draw in these senses. Related: Pulled; pulling.
Common in slang usages 19c.-20c.; Bartlett (1859) has to pull foot "walk fast; run;" pull it "to run." To pull up "check a course of action" is from 1808, figurative of the lifting of the reins in horse-riding. To pull (someone's) chain in figurative sense is from 1974, perhaps on the notion of a captive animal; the expression was also used for "to contact" (someone), on the notion of the chain that operates a signaling mechanism.
To pull (someone's) leg is from 1882, perhaps on notion of "playfully tripping" (cf. pull the long bow "exaggerate," 1830, and pulling someone's leg also sometimes was described as a way to awaken a sleeping person in a railway compartment, ship's berth, etc.). Thornton's "American Glossary" (1912) has pull (n.) "a jest" (to have a pull at (someone)), which it identifies as "local" and illustrates with an example from the Massachusetts "Spy" of May 21, 1817, which identifies it as "a Georgian phrase." To pull (one's) punches is from 1920 in pugilism, from 1921 figuratively. To pull in "arrive" (1892) and pull out "depart" (1868) are from the railroads.
To pull (something) off "accomplish, succeed at" is originally in sporting, "to win the prize money" (1870). To pull (something) on (someone) is from 1916; to pull (something) out of one's ass is Army slang from 1970s. To pull rank is from 1919; to pull the rug from under (someone) figuratively is from 1946.
c.1300, "a fishing net;" mid-14c., "a turn at pulling," from pull (v.). From mid-15c. as "an act of pulling." Meaning "personal or private influence" is by 1889, American English, from earlier sense "power to pull (and not be pulled by)" a rival or competitor (1580s).
In addition to the idioms beginning with pull
- pull a boner
- pull a fast one
- pull away
- pull back
- pull down
- pull in
- pulling teeth
- pull in one's horns
- pull no punches
- pull off
- pull oneself together
- pull oneself up by the bootstraps
- pull one's punches
- pull one's weight
- pull out
- pull out all the stops
- pull out of a hat
- pull over
- pull rank
- pull round
- pull someone's chain
- pull someone's leg
- pull something
- pull strings
- pull the plug on
- pull the rug out from under
- pull the wool over someone's eyes
- pull through
- pull together
- pull up
- pull up stakes
- pull wires
- fast one, pull a
- have pull with
- like pulling teeth