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American English: /pʊl/
British English: /pʊl/

Translation of pull in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    (draw) tirar de
    jalar (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    (drag) arrastrar
    the cart was pulled by a donkey
    un burro tiraba de la carreta
    un burro jalaba la carreta (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (in specified direction) (+ adverb complement) pull your chair closer to the fire
    acerca or arrima la silla al fuego
    could you pull the door to/the curtains, please? he was pulled from the rubble alive
    lo sacaron vivo de entre los escombros
    she pulled him aside to talk to him
    se lo llevó a un lado para hablar con él
    he pulled his hat down firmly over his ears
    se caló el sombrero hasta las orejas
    they pulled him into the car
    lo metieron en el coche de un tirón
    she was pulling her suitcase behind her
    arrastraba la maleta
    the current pulled him under
    la corriente lo arrastró or se lo llevó al fondo
    to pull the carpet or rug (out) from under somebody or somebody's feet
    fastidiarle los planes a alguien
    moverle el tapete a alguien (Mexico) [colloquial]
    (a)serrucharle el piso a alguien (Southern Cone) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 2.1 (tug)
    tirar de
    jalar (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    pull the chain
    tira de la cadena
    jala la cadena (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    don't pull my hair!
    ¡no me tires del pelo!
    ¡no me jales el pelo! (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    pull the other one! (British) [colloquial]
    me estás tomando el pelo [colloquial]
    to pull strings or wires (use influence)
    tocar todos los resortes or muchas teclas
    utilizar sus ( or mis etc. ) influencias
    mover hilos
    to pull the strings or wires (be in control)
    2.2 (tear, detach)she pulled the toy to bits
    rompió or destrozó el juguete
    we'll have to pull all the old paper off the wall
    vamos a tener que arrancar todo el papel viejo de la pared
    2.3 (snag)I've pulled a thread in my sweater
    me he enganchado el suéter
  • 3 3.1
    Example sentences
    • ‘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.
    3.2 (take out) he pulled out a $20 bill
    sacó un billete de 20 dólares
    he pulled a knife/gun on them
    sacó un cuchillo/una pistola y los amenazó
    see alsopull out
    3.3 (Cooking)
    Example sentences
    • The staff know what they're doing, and how to pull a pint, but will leave you in peace.
    • Pretend you've worked in a pub before, learn how to pull a decent pint and your laughing!
  • 4 [colloquial] 4.1
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    4.2 (earn)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    4.3 (British) [slang] (boy/girl)
    ligarse [colloquial]
    levantarse (South America) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • Data may be pulled from a single knowledge base or multiple databases throughout the enterprise.
    • The image database continues to pull from Google at this point.
  • 5 (perform) [colloquial]don't you ever pull a stunt like that on me again
    no me vuelvas a hacer una faena así or una cosa semejante
    what are you trying to pull?
    ¿a qué estás jugando? [colloquial]
    ¿qué es lo que pretendes?
    don't you pull that stuff on me to pull a fast one on somebody
    hacerle una jugarreta a alguien [colloquial]
    meterle la mula a alguien (Southern Cone) [colloquial]
  • 6 6.1 (Medicine)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    6.2 (Cooking)
  • 7 (in golf)
    golpear hacia la izquierda
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 8 (Printing)
    Example sentences
    • A proof sheet would be pulled, and read against the manuscript.
    • Two proofs have been pulled and are propped side by side.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (drag, tug)
    jalar (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    jale or hale (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    to pull at/on something
    tirar de algo
    jalar algo (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    she was pulling at my sleeve
    me estaba tirando de la manga
    me estaba jalando la manga (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    I pulled on the rope with all my might
    tiré de la cuerda con todas mis fuerzas
    jalé la cuerda con todas mis fuerzas (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    the engine isn't pulling very well
    el motor no tira bien
    el motor no jala bien (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    1.2 (suck)to pull on or at something
    (on pipe)
    darle una chupada or (Latin America also) una pitada or (Spain also) una calada a algo
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 2.1 (vehicle) (move) (+ adverb complement) to pull off the road
    salir de la carretera
    to pull into the station
    entrar en la estación
    to pull slowly up a hill
    subir una cuesta despacio
    see alsopull in, → pull up etc
    2.2 (row) pull for the shore
    rema hacia la orilla


  • 1 countable (tug)
    jalón (masculine) (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    I gave a pull on the rope
    le di un tirón a la cuerda
    le di un jalón a la cuerda (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    each pull of the oars took us further from the shore
    cada golpe de remo nos alejaba más de la orilla
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (pulling force) the pull of gravity
    la fuerza de la gravedad
    the pull of the current
    la fuerza de la corriente
    an actor with tremendous box-office pull
    un actor muy taquillero
    to go out on the pull (British) [colloquial]
    salir a ligar [colloquial]
    salir a levantar (South America) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    2.2 (influence)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 4 countable (difficult journey) it was a hard pull up the hill
    la subida de la colina fue difícil
  • 5 countable (in golf)
    golpe (masculine) a la izquierda
    Example sentences
    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

pull about

verb + object + adverb
tratar sin cuidado

pull ahead

verb + adverb
to pull ahead of somebody
tomarle la delantera a alguien

pull apart

1verb + object + adverb 1.1 (separate) 1.2 (pull to pieces)
hacer pedazos
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (criticize)
poner por el suelo or por los suelos
echar por tierra
3verb + adverb (become separate)
the table pulls apart in three pieces
la mesa está hecha de tres partes desmontables

pull around

1verb + object + adverb 1.1 (turn round)
darle la vuelta a
dar vuelta (Southern Cone)
1.2 (help recover) (British)
2verb + adverb (recover) (British)

pull away

verb + adverb
1 (free oneself)
2 (move off)
the train was pulling away from the station
el tren salía de la estación
3 (move ahead)
she began pulling away from the rest of the runners
empezó a dejar atrás a los demás corredores

pull back

1verb + adverb 1.1 (retreat)
1.2 (withdraw) they pulled back from signing the contract
a la hora de firmar el contrato se echaron atrás
they pulled back from commmitting themselves
no quisieron comprometerse y se echaron atrás
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

pull down

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (lower)
see alsopull 1 1 2
1.2 (demolish)
echar or tirar abajo
tumbar (Mexico)
1.3 (overthrow)
tirar abajo
2verb + object + adverb 2.1 (drag down) the biology paper pulled her overall grade down
el examen de biología le bajó la nota media
2.2 (depress)
tirar abajo [colloquial]
3verb + adverb + object (earn) (US) [colloquial]

pull in

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (draw in)
pull your stomach in!
¡mete or entra esa panza! [colloquial]
1.2 (rein in)
1.3 (attract)
this show pulls in large audiences
este espectáculo atrae mucho público
este espectáculo jala mucho público (Mexico)
we've been pulling in the orders
hemos conseguido muchos pedidos
1.4 (earn) [colloquial] 1.5 (arrest) [colloquial]
2verb + adverb 2.1 (arrive)
llegar (a la estación, terminal etc)
2.2 (move over)
2.3 (stop) (British)

pull off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (remove)
he pulled his boots off
se quitó las botas
2 (achieve) [colloquial] it was a risky attempt, but she pulled it off
era arriesgado, pero lo logró or lo consiguió
they pulled off the biggest bank job of the decade
llevaron a cabo el mayor asalto a un banco de la década

pull on

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

pull out

1verb + adverb 1.1 (vehicle/driver) (depart) the train pulled out of the station
el tren salió de la estación
(enter traffic) he pulled out right in front of me
se me metió justo delante
the car pulled out from a side road
el coche salió de una calle lateral
1.2 (come out)
1.3 (extend)
1.4 (withdraw)
if they pull out of the negotiations
si se retiran de las negociaciones
si abandonan las negociaciones
we're not going to pull out of the deal
no nos vamos a echar atrás
1.5 (recover)
to pull out of the recession
salir de or superar la recesión
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (extract, remove)
he pulled out his wallet
sacó la cartera
2.2 (detach)
2.3 (withdraw)
he had orders to pull out the embassy staff
tenía órdenes de sacar al personal de la embajada del país

pull over

1verb + adverb
hacerse a un lado
(to stop) acercarse a la acera ( or al arcén etc. ) y parar
I pulled over to let the ambulance by
me hice a un lado para que pasara la ambulancia
2verb + object + adverb the police pulled me over
la policía me paró

pull through

1verb + adverb, verb + preposition + object 1.1 (recover)
to pull through an illness
reponerse de una enfermedad
1.2 (survive) to pull through a crisis
superar una crisis
2verb + object + adverb, verb + object + preposition + object 2.1 (help recover)
ayudar a recuperarse
her nursing pulled him through (his illness)
sus cuidados lo ayudaron a recuperarse (de la enfermedad)
2.2 (help survive)
ayudar a superar

pull together

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1
volver a unir
1.2 (organize, assemble)
2verb + adverb (cooperate)
trabajar or esforzarse juntos or codo con codo
3verb + object + adverb (control oneself) to pull oneself together
recobrar la compostura
pull yourself together!
¡vamos, cálmate!

pull up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (draw up) to pull one's socks/trousers up
subirse los calcetines/pantalones
1.2 (uproot)
2verb + object + adverb 2.1 (improve) this result will help to pull you up overall
este resultado te ayudará a subir la nota media
2.2 (halt, check) a shout pulled her up sharply
un grito la hizo pararse en seco
2.3 (reprimand)to pull somebody up (on something)
regañar a alguien (por algo)
retar a alguien (por algo) (Southern Cone)
3verb + adverb 3.1 (stop)
3.2 (in race) he pulled up to within a few yards of the leaders
se colocó a pocas yardas de los que iban en cabeza
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