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Synonyms of pull in English:


  • 1 he pulled a small plastic box towards him
    North American pry
    informal yank
    [Antonyms] push
  • 2 I'll let you pull the next bad tooth
  • 3 he still feels pain in his back where he has pulled a muscle
    strain, sprain, turn, wrench, rick, stretch, tear;
    dislocate, put out of joint, damage
  • 4 before World War II, race days here pulled big crowds
    attract, draw, pull in, bring in, lure, charm, engage, enchant, captivate, bewitch, seduce, catch the eye of, entice, tempt, beckon, interest, fascinate
    [Antonyms] repel
  • Phrases

    pull something apart

    it is wise to pull the gearbox apart only when absolutely necessary
    [Antonyms] build, assemble
    demolish, destroy, break up

    pull back

    the army was forced to pull back behind the canal
    [Antonyms] advance
    flee, take flight, turn tail, beat a (hasty) retreat

    pull something down

    several old buildings were pulled down
    [Antonyms] build, erect
    demolish, knock down, take down, tear down, dismantle, raze, raze to the ground, level, flatten, bulldoze, destroy, lay waste

    pull a fast one on

    he is a car salesman who will try to pull a fast one on his co-conspirators
    outsmart, outwit, out-think, outmanoeuvre, outplay, be cleverer than, steal a march on, trick, gull, make a fool of, get the better of
    informal outfox, put one over on, run/make rings round
    dated outjockey

    pull in

    a police car pulled in behind
    stop, halt, come to a stop/halt, park, arrive, pull over, draw in, draw up

    pull someone/something in

  • 1 comedies continued to pull in the biggest audiences
    attract, draw, pull, bring in, lure, charm, engage, enchant, captivate, bewitch, seduce, catch the eye of, entice, tempt, beckon, interest, fascinate
  • 2 informal the police pulled him in for questioning
    arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in
    informal collar, nab, nick, pinch, pick up, run in, bust, nail, do, feel someone's collar
    [Antonyms] release
  • 3 informal the company has pulled in £70m from disposals
    earn, be paid, make, get, bring in, rake in, clear, collect, net, gross, pocket, take home
  • pull someone's leg

    tease, fool, play a trick on, make fun of, joke with, rag, chaff, twit, pull the wool over someone's eyes
    informal kid, bamboozle, lead up the garden path, take for a ride, rib, take the mickey out of, get/take a rise out of
    British informal wind up, have on

    pull something off

    they pulled off a daring crime
    achieve, fulfil, succeed in, accomplish, bring off, bring about, carry out, carry off, execute, perform, perpetrate, discharge, complete, conduct, negotiate, clinch, work out, fix, effect, establish, engineer

    pull out

  • 1 one of their star players has pulled out with stomach trouble
    withdraw, resign, leave, retire, step down, get out, quit, back out, bow out
  • 2 the French pulled out of the agreement
    retreat from, leave, quit, abandon, give up, stop participating in, get out of, back out of, bow out of, renege on
    [Antonyms] join, engage in
  • pull something out

    Goetz pulled out a gun and fired
    take out, draw, pull, draw out, bring out, get out, withdraw, fish out, produce

    pull out all the stops

    the disc's producers have pulled out all the stops for this tiny cult classic
    make an effort, exert oneself, try hard, strive, endeavour, apply oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, be at pains, put oneself out;
    struggle, labour, toil, strain, push oneself, drive oneself, work hard, work like a Trojan;
    rack/cudgel one's brains
    informal give it one's best shot, go all out, bend/lean over backwards, put one's back into it, knock oneself out, do one's damnedest, move heaven and earth, beaver away, slog away, keep one's nose to the grindstone, work one's socks off, break sweat
    North American informal do one's darnedest/durnedest, bust one's chops
    Australian informal go for the doctor

    pull over

    I decided to pull over on to the hard shoulder
    stop, halt, come to a stop/halt, pull in, pull off the road, draw in, park, arrive, draw up

    pull the strings

    these are the people that pull the strings behind the scenes
    manage, direct, control, operate, regulate, conduct, handle, run, orchestrate, organize, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, boss, be the boss of, govern, rule, administer, lead, head, guide, steer, pilot;
    exercise control over, be in control of, be in charge of, be in command of, take care of, look after, be responsible for, be at the helm of, hold sway over
    informal head up, call the shots, call the tune, run the show, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle

    pull through

    she has serious injuries, but we are all praying for her to pull through
    get better, get well again, improve, recover, rally, survive, come through, recuperate;
    get over something;
    be all right

    pull together

    in tough times we must pull together
    collaborate, cooperate, work together, work side by side, act together, act jointly, band together, come together, get together, join forces, team up, unite, combine, merge, amalgamate, pool resources, club together, make common cause, form an alliance;
    coordinate with each other, liaise with each other;
    conspire, connive, collude, be in collusion, work hand in glove
    informal gang up
    rare coact

    pull something to pieces

  • 1 can I trust you not to pull my radio to pieces?
    dismantle, disassemble, take to pieces, take/pull to bits, take/pull apart, strip down, demolish, destroy, break up
  • 2 we should look at those draft guidelines and be prepared to pull them to pieces
    criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage
    British informal slate, rubbish, monster, slag off
    North American informal pummel, cut something up
    Australian/New Zealand informal bag
    archaic slash
    rare excoriate
  • pull oneself together

    regain one's composure, regain one's self-control, regain control of one's emotions, recover, get a grip/hold on oneself, get over it, become one's old self

    pull up

    a van pulled up with six men inside
    stop, draw up, come to a stop/halt, halt, come to a standstill, brake, park;


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  • 1 give the chain one sharp downward pull
    tug, haul, jerk, heave
    informal yank
  • 2 she took a huge pull on her beer
    informal swill, swig, slug
    North American informal chug
  • 3 he took a long pull on the cigarette
    informal drag
  • 4 she felt the pull of the tranquillity of the place
  • 5 he could get you a job—he has a lot of pull
    informal clout, beef
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