pull

I UK [pʊl] / US verb
Word forms "pull":
present tense I/you/we/they pull he/she/it pulls present participle pulling past tense pulled past participle pulled
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1) [intransitive/transitive] to move someone or something towards you using your hands
pull something away from/out of/into etc something:

Help me pull the sofa away from the wall.

I climbed into bed and pulled the blankets over my head.

pull at/on:

The little girl pulled gently at my sleeve.

pull something open/shut:

Jane pulled the door open.

pull something tight:

Don't pull the string too tight.

a) [transitive] to remove something or someone from inside or under something by moving them towards you
pull someone out of something:

A lifeguard had to pull her out of the water.

pull something from something:

He pulled a suitcase from beneath the bed.

b) [transitive] to move something along behind you

Two horses were pulling the plough.

c) [transitive] to move a handle that controls a machine so that the machine works

You pull hard on this lever to start the motor.

She raised the gun and pulled the trigger.

2) [transitive] to use force to remove something that is fixed into or onto something else

I'm going to the dentist to get a tooth pulled.

pull something up:

She was pulling up the weeds.

pull off:

Wash the mushrooms and pull off the stalks.

3) [transitive] to move your body or part of your body using effort or force
pull something up/out/back etc:

She nearly lost a shoe pulling her foot out of the hole.

Head aching, he slowly pulled himself to his feet.

4) [transitive] to injure a muscle by stretching it too much
5) [transitive] to take a gun or knife out of a pocket and be ready to use it
pull something on someone:

His attacker suddenly pulled a knife on him.

6) [transitive] to open or close something that covers a window

Alice pulled the curtains shut.

The shopkeeper pulled down the blinds.

7) [intransitive/transitive] if something pulls a person or organization in a particular direction, it makes them want to do something by strongly attracting or influencing them

Her heart pulled one way, her head another.

Factions in the party are pulling in different directions.

8)
a) pull or pull in
[transitive] if a performer or a performance pulls an audience, a large number of people come to watch them
b) [transitive] mainly American if a politician pulls votes, a lot of people vote for them
9) [transitive] to suck smoke from a cigarette, pipe etc into your mouth or lungs
pull on/at:

Mrs Harris stood at the door pulling on a cigarette.

10) [intransitive/transitive] British informal if you pull someone, that person is attracted to you in a sexual or romantic way

pull the other one (it's got bells on)British

informal used for telling someone that you do not believe what they are saying


pull rank (on someone) — to use the fact that you are more important or powerful than someone in order to force them to do what you want

pull something to pieces/apart/to bits — to separate the connected pieces of something; to show very clearly that what someone has said or written is badly done or not true

They're pulling that plane apart to find out what's wrong.

My lawyer is pulling their case to pieces.

pull to a stop/halt — to stop moving

The car pulled to a stop and a woman got out.

pull a trick/stuntinformal to do something silly or dangerous, especially in order to trick or impress someone

Why on earth would he pull a stupid stunt like that?

Phrasal verbs:
See:
plug I, punch II, rabbit I, weight I

II UK [pʊl] / US noun
Word forms "pull":
singular pull plural pulls
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1) [countable] the act of moving something towards you or away from where it was
give a pull:

Mark gave a quick pull on the rope.

2) [countable] a strong physical force that causes things to move in a particular direction
pull of:

the pull of gravity

3)
a) [singular] the power that something or someone has to attract people

the pull of travel in foreign lands

b) mainly American the power that someone has to get what they want, usually because they have influence over other people

She has a lot of pull in that company.


English dictionary. 2014.

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