pull Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun 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
noun the force used in pulling
- the pull of the moon
- the pull of the current
noun special advantage or influence
- the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull
noun a device used for pulling something
- he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer
noun a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
- the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell
- he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
noun 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
noun a sustained effort
- it was a long pull but we made it
verb cause to move by pulling
- draw a wagon
- pull a sled
verb direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
pull in; draw in; attract; draw.
- Her good looks attract the stares of many men
- The ad pulled in many potential customers
- This pianist pulls huge crowds
- The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers
verb move into a certain direction
- the car pulls to the right
verb 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 knees towards your chin
verb perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
- perpetrate a crime
- pull a bank robbery
verb bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
take out; draw; pull out; get out.
- draw a weapon
- pull out a gun
- The mugger pulled a knife on his victim
verb steer into a certain direction
- pull one's horse to a stand
- Pull the car over
verb strain abnormally
- I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up
- The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition
verb 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
verb operate when rowing a boat
- pull the oars
verb rein in to keep from winning a race
- pull a horse
verb tear or be torn violently
rive; rend; rip.
- The curtain ripped from top to bottom
- pull the cooked chicken into strips
verb hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
- pull the ball
verb strip of feathers
deplumate; tear; pluck; deplume; displume.
- pull a chicken
- pluck the capon
verb remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
take out; pull out; pull up; draw out; extract.
- pull weeds
- extract a bad tooth
- take out a splinter
- extract information from the telegram
verb 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?
verb take away
- pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf
Pull transitive verb
To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.
Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows. Shak.
He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in. Gen. viii. 9.
To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate. Lam. iii. 11.
To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pullfruit; to pullflax; to pulla finch.
To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pulla bell; to pullan oar.
(Horse Racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was. pulled
(Print.) To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.
(Cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. See Pull, n., 8.
Never pull a straight fast ball to leg. R. H. Lyttelton.
Pull intransitive verb
To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to. pullat a rope
The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one.
I awakened with a violent pull upon the ring which was fastened at the top of my box. Swift.
A contest; a struggle;Carew. as, a wrestling. pull
A pluck; loss or violence suffered.Poetic
Two pulls at once; His lady banished, and a limb lopped off. Shak.
A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull.
The act of rowing;Colloq. as, a. pullon the river
The act of drinking;Slang Dickens. as, to take a. pullat the beer, or the mug
Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing;Slang as, in weights the favorite had the. pull
(Cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.
The pull is not a legitimate stroke, but bad cricket. R. A. Proctor.
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