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 two hundred 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.
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Idioms for pull
Origin of pull
synonym study for pull
OTHER WORDS FROM pullpull·a·ble, adjectivepull·er, noun
Example sentences from the Web for pull
Puller is a guy who represents his country and believes in what the country represents.
Then again, they have been willing to allow him to be a puller down and destroyer, but not a builder and planter.The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882|Joseph Wild
The stopper of any ordinary bottle can be easily removed with a puller such as shown in the sketch.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
The puller will often have nothing on but the jacket, short, split-leg pants and trappings.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
The joke falls among us like a bombshell, and the group disperses, each wondering how long Puller is going to remain at Royat.
Undergoing these Royat Waters, Puller and myself are on a see-saw.
British Dictionary definitions for pull
verb (mainly tr)
- informal to restrain the force of one's criticisms or actions
- boxing to restrain the force of one's blows, esp when deliberately losing after being bribed, etc
Derived forms of pullpuller, noun
Word Origin for pull
Idioms and Phrases with pull
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