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pull US English

Exert force on (someone or something), typically by taking hold of them, in order to move or try to move them toward oneself or the origin of the force

pull US Thesaurus

he pulled the box toward him

draw in one's horns US English

Become less assertive or ambitious

bring someone up short US English

Make someone check or pause abruptly

pull in US English

(Of a vehicle or its driver) move to the side of or off the road

pull-in US English

An area at the side of the road where motorists may pull off the road and stop

pull up US English

(Of a vehicle or its driver) come to a halt

pull-up US English

An exercise involving raising oneself with one’s arms by pulling up against a horizontal bar fixed above one’s head

pull-on US English

(Of a garment) designed to be put on without the need to undo any fastenings

pull-up New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

bell pull US English

A cord or handle that rings a bell when pulled, typically used to summon someone from another room

leg-pull US English

A trick or practical joke

pull back US English

Retreat or cause troops to retreat from an area

pull out US English

Withdraw from an undertaking

pull over US English

(Of a vehicle or its driver) move to the side of or off the road

pull cord US English

A cord that operates a mechanism when pulled

pull-down US English

(Of a menu) appearing below a menu title only while selected

pull-off US English

An area on the side of a road where a motorist may park, typically in a scenic area

pull tab US English

A ring or tab that is pulled to open a can

push-pull US English

Operated by pushing and pulling

pull rank US English

Take unfair advantage of one’s seniority or privileged position

ring pull US English

A ring-shaped pull tab on a can or other container

pull-out New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

demand pull US English

Relating to or denoting inflation caused by an excess of demand over supply

pull-apart US English

Denoting an area that has been ruptured or stretched by tensional stresses or the resulting faulting

pull hitter US English

A hitter who normally drives the ball in the direction of the follow-through of the bat

pull-quote US English

A brief, attention-catching quotation, typically in a distinctive typeface, taken from the main text of an article and used as a subheading or graphic feature

taffy pull US English

A social occasion on which young people meet to make taffy

rough pull New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

proof pulled by hand on inferior paper for correction purposes

pull punches US English

Be less forceful, severe, or violent than one could be

pull strings US English

Make use of one’s influence and contacts to gain an advantage unofficially or unfairly

pull together US English

Cooperate in a task or undertaking

pull through US English

Get through or enable someone or something to get through an illness or other dangerous or difficult situation

pull the plug US English

Prevent something from happening or continuing

pull up stakes US English

Move or go to live elsewhere

pull at/on in pull US English

Inhale deeply while smoking (a pipe or cigar)

pull a fast one US English

Try to gain an unfair advantage

pull someone's leg US English

Deceive someone playfully; tease someone

pull the strings US English

Be in control of events or of other people’s actions

pull one's weight US English

Do one’s fair share of work

pull something off US English

Succeed in achieving or winning something difficult

pull someone over US English

Cause a driver to move to the side of the road to be charged for a traffic offense

pull someone up US English

Cause someone to stop or pause; check someone

make a face US English

Produce an expression on one’s face that shows dislike, disgust, or some other negative emotion, or that is intended to be amusing

pull back in pull back US English

Withdraw from an undertaking

pull someone's chain US English

Tease someone, typically by leading them to believe something untrue

pull oneself together US English

Recover control of one’s emotions


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