Definition of pull in English:
- It's the steady rhythm that maintains the circle, not a steady pull on the lunge line. Don't hold his head and pull him toward you to keep him on a circle.
- She starts pulling me towards the door and I am forced to follow.
- Finola grabbed both Scempt and Maylin's wrists and pulled them towards the door.
- His legs are racing forward like two horses pulling a runaway carriage and his arms circling outward in the air like two sailors tied to the mast of sinking ship.
- Animal lover Mrs Trueman's funeral carriage was pulled by the horses used in the recent funeral of East End gangster Reggie Kray.
- Just five or ten years ago, the potato men would have come down this street in a wooden wagon pulled by a horse.
- The fact that the rumble from those slash cut exhausts sounds most impressive when the engine's pulling from low revs might have had something to do with it…
- However, power is abundant, particularly from 3000 rpm upwards when the engine pulls particularly strongly, making it feel more like a petrol.
- That the engine pulls firmly, with a creamy, discreet blare, across a broad rev-range helps.
- ‘We were supposedly to pull a name out of the hat as part of a game and I pulled out his,’ recalls Rona.
- Sam pulled out her black book and opened it, pulling a pencil from her bag.
- From behind his back, he pulled out a menu like he was a magician pulling a rabbit out of his hat.
- With great effort, she pulled herself back and slid her sword back against his blade.
- Marc moved his leg gingerly and with great effort pulled himself to his feet.
- With no small effort, the helicopter pulls itself 25 ft in the air and reveals that the horizon line is no longer a line at all but a squiggle drawn from 30,000 people standing in a row.
- She felt like she had a back strain or pulled ligament in her right side above her hip.
- I knew someone who pulled both their hamstring muscles because they didn't stretch.
- Pleasurable when you get there but try not to pull a muscle or strain something else trying to saddle up.
- Have you ever had someone pull a gun on you?
- He allegedly pulled a gun on a youth football coach because his son wasn't getting enough playing time at a game in northeast Phiiladelphia.
- Cops claim he pulled a rifle on them when they were in his town house, allegedly looking for a burglar.
- He took a pull at his pipe.
- Filling them in our imagination with rugs and pack saddles and couched animals and merchants pulling on hookahs.
- He took another pull at the now half-gone smoke and leaned back again with a sudden hard grin.
- It took Glenealy some time to settle but when they did they pulled steadily away to win in the end by an eight-point margin.
- His tractor was ‘breaking traction’ but was moving so he kept pulling ahead as the car was coming closer.
- His chance to move up the field came as those ahead started pulling into the pits for the obligatory wheel change.
- A chill descends down my spine as I pull away from the Caddy.
- He didn't make a move to stop her or pull away from her.
- I pull away from Jeremy, my left hand moving straight to my mouth.
- Aimed at 16-34 year olds, it's trying to pull an audience with new series of guaranteed crowd pleasers such as Friends and ER.
- Although predominantly a haunt of the over-35s, the Judges pulls a surprisingly diverse crowd.
- Although it has a large-screen TV, Miso pulls a youngish, clubby clientele more than a sports crowd.
- Within the meteorological fraternity will they henceforth be held in awe and get the best seats at the annual Christmas dance and pull the cutest weather girls?
- True, it is risky going on the pull in pretentious nightclubs if you are blind: you might just pull an ugly sister.
- The lefties on this site are pulling a classic liberal trick.
- The riot was a dirty trick which was pulled off through the use of deception, and Bloggergate is the same thing.
- We skated there for a while and everyone seemed to be pulling the newest tricks.
- A radio advert has been pulled from the airwaves after complaints that it caused offence to disabled people.
- It considered pulling a huge advertising splurge for Martell in the US due to the boycott threats.
- You claim that when Ford pulled its adverts it had no effect.
- When I said I was going to pull a player from a game tomorrow, it's not because I'm thinking he will be tired the next day.
- Narron has told all players that if they don't get to a base they are supposed to get to, they will be pulled from the game.
- He has shown he will pull any player who has a defensive lapse.
- Jockey Justin Sheehan said after that race that he had almost pulled the horse up midway through the race.
- As riders attempted to avoid the fallen horse, they pulled their horses up and effectively out of the race.
- After pulling the ball over midwicket, Cairns showed he was no one-trick pony.
- He went down the wicket even to bowlers of extreme pace with the intention of making them drop the ball short, and when they did so, he would cut or pull the ball savagely.
- He pulled his first ball for four, and proceeded to hit every shot thereafter as hard as he could.
- Most players, including myself, tend to pull the ball to the left on uphill lies because leg drive is inhibited going into the slope.
- Lefthanded hitters pull the ball, and sure-handed righthanders slap the ball to the opposite field.
- If you swing down steeply and then follow through flat, you're likely to slice or pull the ball.
- With the linemen pulling, there always is one defender who is unblocked.
- This means, that if the line is pulling from behind, the release will be angled that way.
- The key to success has been the ability of the team's athletic linemen to pull and clear room for the back.
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- Finish the pull with a quick rotation to clear the shoulder and arm for the first recovery.
- Slowly pulling the fly over the submerged branches it reached the edge of the danger zone, I let the fly drop down a few feet, then gave a couple of quick pulls.
- He gave it a quick pull to make sure it was secure.
- With the plane disintegrating around him, O'Grady reached down between his knees and grabbed the pull handle of his ejection seat.
- Taking safety seriously whilst wearing a lifejacket, be aware of where the manual pull handle is, even if it is ‘automatic’.
- Made of 1800 denier polyester, it has a retractable pull handle and inline skate wheels.
- Tahr took a pull of her drink, then stared at it as if wishing it were something stronger.
- She looked at him and took a long pull of her drink.
- She takes a deep pull and starts coughing really hard and laughing at the same time.
- WIM takes a pull from a handmade cigarette, scoops the bones up without looking, then casts them again.
- Black & Mild cigars tasted a lot like black coffee from the initial pull.
- He laughed a little, putting the pipe back in his mouth for a long pull.
- The result has been few problems with hamstring pulls, rib-cage injuries and shoulder strains.
- He got more bruises and cuts, muscle pulls and strains than he could remember.
- He has worked diligently on his conditioning, hoping to prevent muscle pulls and strains, which have hampered him during the season.
- The gravitational pull of the sun and moon cause a phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes, which makes the earth's axis move in a cone shape.
- The Sun, Earth and Moon were in alignment, which increased the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon on the Earth.
- If you go in feet first, the gravitational pull will be much stronger on your shoes than your head, tending to make you instantly thinner and taller.
- Henry Street continues to exert a strong pull, attracting more shoppers than Grafton Street at all peak shopping periods this quarter.
- Strange, though, exerts a pull, it draws you in to a place you've never been and may not understand, but which takes on a palpable and seductive existence.
- Despite his track record Davies admits to being in awe of Doctor Zhivago, largely because the 1965 film version still exerts such a pull.
- Up to now if you had political pull or you could pressurise those who had you shunted yourself up the priority list ahead of schools in greater need.
- While the UK is number one in European biotechnology, there is far less market pull, especially within healthcare, in Europe compared with the US.
- Smaller companies without political pull will be liquidated if they don't fill the quota; larger companies will be left alone.
- Basically, a bunch of women are shrieking laughter at each other while they neck Lambrini before heading out on the pull, staggering around like chimps at a tea-party.
- At least, I think it is a glare, maybe the old roué is on the pull and has mistaken the duchess of Cornwall for one of the ladies of the night that are standard fare at Tory party parties.
- I don't go out on the pull, and the realm of one-night stands seems to be beyond someone with my looks and personality.
- Proficient with all strokes, his best scoring stroke was the pull, played all along the ground between mid on to backward square leg.
- He can whip the ball past mid-wicket in a flash, his straight-driving is out of the ordinary, and he can essay the pull stroke contemptuously.
- He possesses a mean pull stroke, and does use his feet to the spinners, often clearing the ground in a jiffy.
Old English pullian 'pluck, snatch'; origin uncertain; the sense has developed from expressing a short sharp action to one of sustained force.
A word that originally expressed a short sharp action, more like pluck (Old English) or snatch (Middle English), all words with obscure origins. To pull the plug is to prevent something from happening or continuing. Nowadays this probably brings to mind the image of someone disconnecting an electrical device by pulling out the plug from the socket, but the plug referred to here is one found in a forerunner of the flushing toilet, used from the mid 18th century. To flush it you had to pull a stopper or plug. To pull someone's leg, or tease them, has been used since the late 19th century, but the idea probably goes back to the 16th century, when you might pull someone by the ear, nose or sleeve to insult or make fun of them. If you pull out all the stops you make a very great effort to achieve something. The stops in this expression are the knobs or levers on a church organ which control the pipes. Pulling out all the stops will obviously result in the maximum volume possible.
like pulling teeth
- informal Used to convey that something is extremely difficult to do: it had been like pulling teeth to extract these two small items from MooreMore example sentences
- Before his career took off, pulling girls was like pulling teeth.
- Journalists are writing over and over again that this is the most secretive military campaign in history, and that getting information from you and your colleagues is like pulling teeth.
- Here's something new to be struggling with apart from shorthand (which is still like pulling teeth - two and a bit weeks to go, it's getting down to the wire).
pull a boner
- see boner.
pull a face (or faces)
- see face.
pull a fast one
- see fast1.
pull one's head in
pull someone's leg
- Deceive someone playfully; tease someone: getting married—are you pulling my leg?More example sentences
tease, rag, make fun of, chaff, trick, joke with, play a joke on, play a trick on, play a practical joke on, taunt, jest;informal kid, have on, rib, wind up, take for a ride, lead up the garden path, take the mickey out of, make a monkey out ofNorth American informal put ontease, fool, play a trick on, make fun of, joke with, rag, chaff, twit, pull the wool over someone's eyesinformal kid, bamboozle, lead up the garden path, take for a ride, rib, take the mickey out of, get/take a rise out ofBritish informal wind up, have on
- They think you're pulling their leg, having a joke.
- Ah, for God's sake, Ann, can't you see he's only pulling your leg, just winding you up, and you fell for it hook, line and sinker.
- Someone who doesn't know anything is pulling your leg.
pull the other one (it's got bells on)
- British informal Used to express a suspicion that one is being deceived or teased: Your boat was sunk by a swordfish? Pull the other one!More example sentences
- This kind of case makes me want to cry in anger, and laugh with mirth, both at the same time. It's rather like saying that Catholic priests could and would never indulge in immoral practices either - pull the other one!
- Those big and burly beer drinking men would laugh deep and hard at hearing this, ‘yeah, yeah, yeah… pull the other one!’
- As they don't say in Finland: pull the other one, it's got bells on it.
pull out all the stops
- see stop.
pull the plug
- informal Prevent something from happening or continuing: the company pulled the plug on the dealMore example sentences
discontinue, wind up, stop, end, terminate, abort, bring to an end, put an end to, put a stop to, finish, bring to a halt, call a halt to, cancel, drop, dispense with, do away with, get rid of, abolish;North American informal quitrare intermit
- With prospects for future sales looking good, ebookers hopes to cash in on the restructuring from earlier this year as it continues to pull the plug on less profitable parts of its business.
- Railtrack was placed into administration last autumn after Mr Byers pulled the plug on extra subsidies for the company, which manages maintenance and infrastructure on Britain's rail network.
- After being refused planning permission by Waterford Co. Council and deciding to contest this to An Bord Pleanála, the chain has now pulled the plug on their own appeal.
pull (one's) punches
- [usually with negative] Be less forceful, severe, or violent than one could be: a smooth-tongued critic who doesn’t pull his punchesMore example sentences
- I was still pulling my punches somewhat, since I've never punched another person for real, and I didn't want to hurt either of us - my knuckles, or their chest.
- For the truth is that he often pulls his punches.
- And, you know, there's always going to be the, you know, if you were to lose the case, somebody at some point saying you were pulling your punches because you wanted them to get convicted or this or that.
- see rank1.
pull one's socks up
- see sock.
- Make use of one’s influence and contacts to gain an advantage unofficially or unfairly: he tried to pull strings with people he knew to avoid being called upMore example sentences
- She did him her best turns later on when she got her influential lovers to pull strings for him.
- Chastened by bitter internecine tenant warfare, battle-scarred managers frequently pull strings to ensure that all the baritones live on one side of the building, and all the heldentenors on the other.
- I do not know what awaits me there, because we are not a rich family who can contact lawyers and agencies and pull strings and have papers rushed through.
pull the strings
- Be in control of events or of other people’s actions: it’s uncomfortable to know that someone else is pulling the stringsMore example sentences
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 overinformal head up, call the shots, call the tune, run the show, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle
- You may have pulled the strings of a Government which has led a country to collapse?
- It's not the employees, it's the Government that is pulling the strings of employers.
- In his view, this will make it possible for the ruling majority to pull the strings of the supervisory body.
- Cooperate in a task or undertaking: employees and managers began to pull together as a teamMore example sentences
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 gloveinformal gang uprare coact
- It was imperative that the community pulled together and co-operated in the future development of the area.
- So much for collective responsibility, of a team and their manager pulling together at a moment of crisis.
- Young players and weathered campaigners pulled together as a force that was more than a team.
pull oneself together
- Recover control of one’s emotions: you’ve got to pull yourself together and find a jobMore example sentences
- I pulled myself together, valiantly trying to not allow my emotions to show.
- I tried to pull myself together because I knew Karl would be out of the recovery room soon.
- This gave her a chance to recover, a chance to pull herself together.
pull someone/thing to pieces
- see piece.
pull one's weight
- Do one’s fair share of work: he must pull his weight or leaveMore example sentences
- As always we implore players to play all their games, you're a member of a team and must pull your weight and one point is often the difference between getting through or not.
- In order for a team or group to be successful everyone must work hard, in unison, and pull their weight.
- You went to training to prove to yourself, nobody else, that you're capable, not of being the best player, but of pulling your weight.
pull the wool over someone's eyes
- see wool.
pull back (or pull someone/thing back)
- Although all have agreed to a ceasefire and to pulling their forces back from the frontline, latest reports suggest that apart from Uganda none have withdrawn troops altogether.
- At that point, the division headquarters and support troops were pulled back to refit.
- South Korean and Bulgarian troops were pulled back to their bases, while New Zealand is withdrawing its engineers.
- In times of danger and uncertainty, the auto industry - suppliers and OEMs alike - pull back and withdraw.
- He ‘would not be party’ to pulling back from war, the Prime Minister stated.
- ‘If a front row goes down the opposition pulls back, and your own back five instinctively realise there is something wrong and cease pushing’ he explains.
- Victoria pulled a goal back but Lee scored his second of the match to increase the lead to 3-1.
- Denholme pulled a goal back late in the game but it was little consolation.
- Endmoor pulled a goal back and the game remained close until Lowis scored his second to make the result certain and keep Lunesdale's promotion hopes alive.
pull something down
- Poorly designed office blocks could be pulled down and more landmark buildings erected to add to the town's famous glass pyramid and viaduct.
- As the wondrously ugly 1960 buildings are pulled down, beautiful Bradford is re-emerging.
- When he came to York, he stayed at a house in Queen Street, next door to Rowntree's, before these buildings were pulled down to make way for the factory's expansion.
- As I pulled in to the side of the road, the crisis quickly vanished.
- When the vehicle pulls in, service personnel know what's wrong and can immediately fix it without spending time doing unnecessary tests.
- Trucks pulled in on the other side of the dirt road and Bo nodded to them as they waved in her direction.
- There is a 30-minute wait standing in the cold on Platform 3 before the train finally pulls in at 3.45 pm.
- A train pulls in to the Angus ‘ghost’ station early in the morning and another calls late at night.
- Westminster station is unusually busy, and when the Richmond train pulls in, there's nowhere to sit.
pull someone/thing in
- We have been fundraising all over the summer and like the Calendar Girls we needed to do something different to pull some money in.
- At the peak of his power, Ed says he pulled in $10,000 to $15,000 a week, storing the money in $20 bills in stacks of boxes.
- And then pulling people in for interviews, arresting certain people, offering certain deals for certain people at a low level to rat out somebody at a higher level.
- In the latter case, the shop developing the prints alerted the police, who pulled Somerville in for questioning.
- Then it would be over zealous Spanish cops who decided to pull the suspect in.
- Soaps give a strong presence and endorsement to their women characters, but it is important to note that at some points the reins are pulled in.
- The same thing happened to this story about the Football Association pulling the reins in on Fanzine reporting of fixtures lists.
- If you believe you can pull the reins in or believe that you do have some control about the outcome, there's a greater likelihood - at least I believe - that you will not drink as much.
pull something off
- informal Succeed in achieving or winning something difficult: he pulled off a brilliant first round winMore example sentences
- Going public will make it more difficult to pull the scheme off a second time, and may give them an unsavoury reputation in some quarters.
- These four albums will show you why he simultaneously succeeded and failed to pull it off.
- Mr Ahern may have difficulty in pulling this trick off.
- Both parties can pull out of the mediation process if they are unsatisfied but a signed mediation agreement is legally binding.
- The 1992 agreement allows either party to pull out of the pact 12 months after providing formal written notice to the other side.
- Hunter was forced to pull out of the Games and take early retirement.
- The military had been sent to keep martial law, but because of the wars, they were pulled out.
- Pictures of hunger in Somalia beckoned U.S. troops in, pictures of American soldiers in 1993 pulled us out.
- The President pulled them out and went to war anyway, over their objections.
- Corinne and I managed to choose a carriage with a bunch of Geordie blokes who started drinking as soon as the train pulled out of the station, at about half ten in the morning.
- When every man was in possession of two bottles of Tiger beer, the train pulled out of Nagpur Station to continue the five-day journey.
- The doors closed and the train pulled out of the station.
- Time and time again I put my foot down in that Beemer, pulled out to overtake the Rover, and then when I was on the wrong side of the road simply ran out of oomph.
- A man driving a Vauxhall Corsa car pulled out from a slip road and clipped the side of a lorry.
- They also tend to pull in, leaving the second half of the bus in the middle of the road, then pull out when people are overtaking the bus.
- (Of a vehicle) move to the side of or off the road: I decided to pull over on to the hard shoulderMore example sentences
- Edward stopped the car on a deserted stretch of road, pulling over to the side.
- I got so scared at one stage I had to pull over on the open road and do deep breaths and wait for my hands to shake a little less.
- Unable to drive properly while laughing, Derek pulled over to the side of the road to settle down.
pull someone over
- (Of the police) cause a driver to pull off the road: he was pulled over for speedingMore example sentences
- The morning after we arrived we were caught up in a police road block where we were pulled over and questioned.
- Briefly stated, the applicant was driving a vehicle when he was pulled over by police, searched, arrested for possession of contraband cigarettes contrary to the Excise Act of Canada and the vehicle and its boxed contents seized.
- I'm the police officer who pulled you over once because one of your taillights were out.
- chiefly British Recover from an illness: he was beginning to pull round after his operationMore example sentences
- His devastated sister, Heather, who donated healthy stem cells in a ‘one in a million’ match, said Simon started to pull round, but his immune system was low after chemotherapy.
- We never failed to take our daily anti-malaria pills, so it was not a very bad attack, but affecting the digestive system as this form of malaria usually did, it was very debilitating and it took him a fair time to pull round from it.
pull through (or pull someone/thing through)
- Get through an illness or other dangerous or difficult situation: the illness is difficult to overcome, but we hope she’ll pull throughMore example sentences
- He lived with me in the first year and pulled me through all the difficult moments.
- I only hoped it would be enough to pull me through this situation.
- If you find yourself in a position where you hope for luck to pull you through, you're in serious trouble.
- If I remember correctly, it was the sound of the ice-cream van pulling up outside my house.
- She was gobsmacked when the limo pulled up outside her home in Tattershall, Toothill.
- When a police vehicle pulls up youngsters hide in the bushes.
pull someone up
- Cause someone to stop or pause; check: the shock of his words pulled her up shortMore example sentences
- It was the fact that student was Aboriginal that pulled me up short.
- He pulled her up short as he spotted a buggy approaching at a reckless speed.
- Then the minutest discrepancy pulled him up short: a menacing shape, a suspicious change in the texture of the ground, an unusual sound or perhaps the movement of some prey.
- British 12.1 Reprimand someone: she never failed to pull us up and tell us to stopMore example sentences
reprimand, rebuke, scold, chide, chastise, upbraid, berate, castigate, reprove, reproach, censure, take to task, tear into, admonish, lecture, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, haul over the coalsinformal tell off, give someone a telling-off, bawl out, dress down, give someone hell, give someone a talking-to, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a piece of one's mind, blow up, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, give someone a rowNorth American informal chew outAustralian informal monsterrare reprehend, excoriate
- Father would quiz us constantly and if we did not know the answers, we would be pulled up sharply.
- I wish I had pulled her up on it, rather than simply accepting it.
- It seems strange to pull someone up for being too polished (kinda like being stopped by a cop for being too good a driver).
- Example sentences
- Also there was a trilogy of educational walking tours - a take on the cheesy Jack the Ripper-esque tourist pullers - which saw a variety of historical figures haunting the streets of Soho, Vauxhall and Brick Lane for the day.
- These people provided an abundance of cheap labour for the growing city - porters, factory workers and rickshaw pullers; some even ended up as gangsters and prostitutes.
- In 1982, Batcha took part in a rally of rickshaw pullers in the city against ‘police harassment’ in the interest of getting a good story for his magazine.
Words that rhyme with pullbull, full, Istanbul, push-pull, wool
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