[ pool-doun ]
/ ˈpʊlˌdaʊn /
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noun Movies.

a mechanism that intermittently advances the film through the film gate of a camera or projector.



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Origin of pulldown

First recorded in 1950–55; noun use of verb phrase pull down

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[ pool-doun ]
/ ˈpʊlˌdaʊn /


designed to be pulled down for use: a pull-down bed; a desk with a pull-down front.

Origin of pull-down

First recorded in 1905–10; adj. use of verb phrase pull down
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  • Just now he was sitting at the small pulldown chow table peering at some papers, records of the moon expedition.

    First on the Moon|Jeff Sutton

British Dictionary definitions for pulldown

pull down


(tr, adverb) to destroy or demolishthe old houses were pulled down
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Idioms and Phrases with pulldown

pull down


Demolish, destroy, as in They pulled down several old office buildings downtown. [Early 1500s]


Lower, reduce; also, depress in health or spirits. For example, The bumper wheat crop is bound to pull down prices, or The flu really pulled him down. [Late 1500s]


Draw as wages, as in He pulled down a hefty salary. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

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