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Definitions of pull

  1. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; " perpetrate a crime"; " pull a bank robbery"
  2. strip of feathers; " pull a chicken"; " pluck the capon"
  3. a slow inhalation ( as of tobacco smoke); " he took a puff on his pipe"; " he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
  4. draw or pull out, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense; " pull weeds"; " extract a bad tooth"; " take out a splinter"; " extract information from the telegram"
  5. cause to move along the ground by pulling; " draw a wagon"; " pull a sled"
  6. bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; " draw a weapon"; " pull out a gun"; " The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"
  7. strain abnormally; " I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; " The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"
  8. the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you; " the pull up the hill had him breathing harder"; " his strenuous pulling strained his back"
  9. a sustained effort; " it was a long pull but we made it"
  10. a device used for pulling something; " he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"
  11. special advantage or influence; " the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
  12. the force used in pulling; " the pull of the moon"; " the pull of the current"
  13. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; " the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; " he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
  14. take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for; " We all rooted for the home team"; " I'm pulling for the underdog"; " Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
  15. tear or be torn violently; " The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; " pull the cooked chicken into strips"
  16. take away; " pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"
  17. hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing; " pull the ball"
  18. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; " Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; " The ad pulled in many potential customers"; " This pianist pulls huge crowds".
  19. apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion; " Pull the rope"; " Pull the handle towards you"; " pull the string gently"; " pull the trigger of the gun"; " pull your kneees towards your chin"
  20. rein in to keep from winning a race; " pull a horse"
  21. operate when rowing a boat; " pull the oars"
  22. steer into a certain direction; " pull one's horse to a stand"; " Pull the car over"
  23. move into a certain direction; " the car pulls to the right"
  24. cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense; " A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter"
  25. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.
  26. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
  27. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.
  28. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.
  29. To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled.
  30. To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.
  31. To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope.
  32. The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one.
  33. A contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull.
  34. A pluck; loss or violence suffered.
  35. A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull.
  36. The act of rowing; as, a pull on the river.
  37. The act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug.
  38. Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull.
  39. A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.
  40. To draw towards one by exerting force; pluck; as, to pull grapes; drag or haul; as, to pull a wagon; draw out; as, to pull a tooth.
  41. To draw forcibly; to tug.
  42. The act of using force to draw; a tug; colloquially, influence or advantage.
  43. To draw or try to draw: to draw forcibly: to tear: to pluck.
  44. To give a pull: to draw.
  45. The act of pulling: a struggle or contest.
  46. To draw; pluck.
  47. To draw with force; haul; drag; tug; pluck.
  48. The act of pulling; draft.
  49. An advantage, as through political favoritism.
  50. The act of pulling; that which is pulled; a contest; a struggle; a pluck; violence suffered.
  51. To draw towards one; to pluck; to tear; to rend. To pull down, to demolish; to humble. To pull off, to separate by pulling. To pull out, to extract. To pull up, to tear up by the roots; to eradicate.
  52. To give a pull; to tug. To pull through, to get through.
  53. To draw forcibly; to rend; to draw towards one; to pluck; to gather; to haul or tug.
  54. A pluck; a drawing; a contest.
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Quotes of pull

  1. The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings. – Stella Adler
  2. Obviously, you check tht she's safe, she's clean, got all the fingers and toes, like that's going to help them through life. It'll help them walk, but you can't pull them out and check their IQ or anything. – Matthew Ashford
  3. That's the way both they and I travel sometimes. Pick road at random, and when it's time to pull over, you pull over and hope you can find a place to crash. – Jello Biafra
  4. A show needs time to find an audience, and they're very quick to pull them off the air now. – Bruce Boxleitner
  5. A lot of my humor does come from anger. It's like, you're not gonna pull one over on me- which is pretty much my motto anyways. – Courteney Cox
  6. Sometimes my plot lines are so convoluted, I get calls from friends at 3 am saying; you SOB, you'll never pull this one off. – Clive Cussler
  7. I had never done Shakespeare before, but I don't think you can be an actor and not do it. There were moments when I thought, I'm just not going to be able to pull this off. – Jessica Lange
  8. It's amazing the hours you pull when you're the lead of a show. – Jamie Luner
  9. Most of the tasks we do are for humans. For example, a tax calculation is counting numbers so the government can pull money out from my wallet, but government consists of humans. – Yukihiro Matsumoto
  10. The pull the attraction of history, is in our human nature. What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much is luck the deciding factor? – David McCullough
  11. In the German football team players from different clubs need to get on with each other both on and off the pitch. In the grand coalition Christian Democrats and Social Democrats sit in the same boat and need to pull in the same direction. – Angela Merkel
  12. I hated Chris, my brother. I would pull his hair and kick him, until one day my father gave him permission to fight back. I'll be apologizing to him for the rest of my life. – Stevie Nicks
  13. If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade. – Thomas J. Peters
  14. If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes. – Pablo Picasso
  15. Once I had all the facts in, I found I didn't have the immoral courage to pull the caper. So I wrote it as a story. As a teenager, I didn't have any skills for writing as such, so it came out in 1500 words. – Theodore Sturgeon

Usage examples for pull

  1. Come, all pull together! – The Eleven Comedies by Aristophanes et al
  2. " Imagine Betty or Miss Brooks trying to see over me and pull me around! – Betty Wales Freshman by Edith K. Dunton
  3. " Pull yourself together now, Simpkins," said Meldon. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham
  4. " Hold fast, and we'll pull you up," he said. – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
  5. If this can not be done she can pull herself up- up- up and be the " somebody" in the family. – The Colored Girl Beautiful by E. Azalia Hackley
  6. Please pull it out again. – Sowing and Reaping by Dwight Moody
  7. " Pull right up there, and wait until we see who you are," it said. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  8. We'll pull you round. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  9. Think he'll pull through?" – Sawtooth Ranch by B. M. Bower
  10. He won't pull us under water, will he? – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  11. The visitor was ready to pull himself up again sharp, for this was another mistake. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  12. But I think it is perfectly safe to pull it to- day. – The Conjure Woman by Charles W. Chesnutt
  13. Pull yourself together now. – The Case of the Golden Bullet by Grace Isabel Colbron, and Augusta Groner
  14. " You can guess how," he replied, " but I believe I shall pull him through." – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  15. Now, pull yourself together! – Project Gutenberg, Dialstone Lane, by W.W. Jacobs by W.W. Jacobs
  16. You will pull round now that I have come! – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  17. After an instant of hesitation she began to pull them on. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  18. " Yes, he had the pull of us by having his carriage ready," said her brother. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  19. Besides, we must pull out to- morrow. – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  20. Long she sat there under the tree trying to pull herself together, but after a while she rose and made her way into the house. – Peggy Owen and Liberty by Lucy Foster Madison

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