Synonyms of pull in English:



  • 1 he pulled a small plastic box towards him
    tug, haul, drag, draw, trail, tow, heave, lug, strain at, jerk, lever, prise, wrench, wrest, twist; North Americanpry
    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
    dismantledisassembletake/pull to piecestake/pull to bitstake apartstrip downdemolishdestroybreak up

    pull back

    the army was forced to pull back behind the canal
    [Antonyms] advance
    withdrawretreatdraw backfall backretiredisengagepull outback offgive way/groundfleetake flightturn tailbeat a (hasty) retreat

    pull something down

    several old buildings were pulled down
    [Antonyms] build erect
    demolishknock downtake downtear downdismantlerazeraze to the groundlevelflattenbulldozedestroylay waste

    pull a fast one on

    he is a car salesman who will try to pull a fast one on his co-conspiratorsoutsmartoutwitout-thinkoutmanoeuvreoutplaybe cleverer thansteal a march ontrickgullmake a fool ofget the better of informaloutfoxput one over onrun/make rings round datedoutjockey

    pull in

    a police car pulled in behindstophaltcome to a stop/haltparkarrivepull overdraw indraw 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

    teasefoolplay a trick onmake fun ofjoke withragchafftwitpull the wool over someone's eyes informalkidbamboozlelead up the garden pathtake for a rideribtake the mickey out ofget/take a rise out ofBritish informalwind uphave on

    pull something off

    they pulled off a daring crimeachievefulfilsucceed inaccomplishbring offbring aboutcarry outcarry offexecuteperformperpetratedischargecompleteconductnegotiateclinchwork outfixeffectestablishengineer

    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 firedtake outdrawpulldraw outbring outget outwithdrawfish outproduce

    pull out all the stops

    the disc's producers have pulled out all the stops for this tiny cult classicmake an effortexert oneselftry hardstriveendeavourapply oneselfdo one's bestdo all one cando one's utmostgive one's allmake every effortspare no effortbe at painsput oneself outstrugglelabourtoilstrainpush oneselfdrive oneselfwork hardwork like a Trojanrack/cudgel one's brains informalgive it one's best shotgo all outbend/lean over backwardsput one's back into itknock oneself outdo one's damnedestmove heaven and earthbeaver awayslog awaykeep one's nose to the grindstonework one's socks offbreak sweatNorth American informaldo one's darnedest/durnedestbust one's chopsAustralian informalgo for the doctor

    pull over

    I decided to pull over on to the hard shoulderstophaltcome to a stop/haltpull inpull off the roaddraw inparkarrivedraw up

    pull the strings

    these are the people that pull the strings behind the scenesmanagedirectcontroloperateregulateconducthandlerunorchestrateorganizesupervisesuperintendoverseepreside overbossbe the boss ofgovernruleadministerleadheadguidesteerpilotexercise control overbe in control ofbe in charge ofbe in command oftake care oflook afterbe responsible forbe at the helm ofhold sway over informalhead upcall the shotscall the tunerun the showbe in the driving seatbe in the saddle

    pull through

    she has serious injuries, but we are all praying for her to pull throughget betterget well againimproverecoverrallysurvivecome throughrecuperateget over somethingbe all right

    pull together

    in tough times we must pull togethercollaboratecooperatework togetherwork side by sideact togetheract jointlyband togethercome togetherget togetherjoin forcesteam upunitecombinemergeamalgamatepool resourcesclub togethermake common causeform an alliancecoordinate with each otherliaise with each otherconspireconnivecolludebe in collusionwork hand in glove informalgang up rarecoact

    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 composureregain one's self-controlregain control of one's emotionsrecoverget a grip/hold on oneselfget over itbecome one's old self informalsnap out of itget one's act togetherbuck up

    pull up

    a van pulled up with six men insidestopdraw upcome to a stop/halthaltcome to a standstillbrakeparkarrive

    pull someone up

    he grinned unabashedly when his mother pulled me upreprimandrebukescoldchidechastiseupbraidberatecastigatereprovereproachcensuretake to tasktear intoadmonishlecturelambasteread someone the Riot Acthaul over the coals informaltell offgive someone a telling-offbawl outdress downgive someone hellgive someone a talking-togive someone a dressing-downgive someone an earfulgive someone a piece of one's mindblow upgive someone a roastinggive someone a rocketgive someone a rollickinggive someone a rowBritish informaltick offcarpetgive someone a mouthfulNorth American informalchew outAustralian informalmonster rarereprehendexcoriate


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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
    gulp, draught, drink, swallow, mouthful, sip, sup
    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
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