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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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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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