Associations to the word «Pull»


PULL, verb. (transitive) (intransitive) to apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force
PULL, verb. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward oneself; to pluck.
PULL, verb. To attract or net; to pull in.
PULL, verb. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
PULL, verb. (ambitransitive) (UK) (Ireland) (slang) to persuade (someone) to have sex with one
PULL, verb. (transitive) to remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability
PULL, verb. (transitive) (informal) to do or perform
PULL, verb. (transitive) to retrieve or generate for use
PULL, verb. To toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field
PULL, verb. (intransitive) to row
PULL, verb. (transitive) To strain (a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.).
PULL, verb. (video games) (ambitransitive) To draw (a hostile non-player character) into combat, or toward or away from some location or target.
PULL, verb. To score a certain amount of points in a sport.
PULL, verb. (horse-racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning.
PULL, verb. (printing) (dated) To take or make (a proof or impression); so called because hand presses were worked by pulling a lever.
PULL, verb. (cricket) (golf) To strike the ball in a particular manner. (See noun sense.)
PULL, verb. (UK) To draw beer from a pump, keg, or other source.
PULL, noun. An act of pulling (applying force)
PULL, noun. An attractive force which causes motion towards the source
PULL, noun. Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope
PULL, noun. (slang) (dated) Something in one's favour in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing.
PULL, noun. Appeal or attraction (as of a movie star)
PULL, noun. (Internet) (uncountable) The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology
PULL, noun. A journey made by rowing
PULL, noun. (dated) A contest; a struggle.
PULL, noun. (obsolete) (poetic) Loss or violence suffered.
PULL, noun. (slang) The act of drinking.
PULL, noun. (cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.
PULL, noun. (golf) A mishit shot which travels in a straight line and (for a right-handed player) left of the intended path.
PULL A, verb. (informal) (transitive) (followed by a person's name) (idiomatic) to emulate a behaviour generally attributed to the individual named
PULL A FACE, verb. (idiomatic) To make an abnormal facial expression, either intentionally of because of an emotion.
PULL A FAST ONE, verb. (idiomatic) To deceive or trick.
PULL A HOMER, verb. (humorous) To succeed despite idiocy.
PULL A RABBIT OUT OF A HAT, verb. (idiomatic) To do something surprising or beneficial.
PULL A TRAIN, verb. (slang) (vulgar) (of a woman or girl) To have sex with several men one after the other.
PULL A TRAIN, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see pull,‎ train.
PULL AHEAD, verb. (idiomatic) (intransitive) to start being in a winning position (e.g. in a race or competition).
PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER, verb. (idiomatic) (informal) Work diligently throughout the night.
PULL AN OAR, verb. To contribute toward a group effort.
PULL APART, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see pull,‎ apart.
PULL APART, verb. To open something by pulling on various parts of it.
PULL APART, verb. To become separated as a result of pulling
PULL APART, verb. To separate two people or animals that are fighting
PULL APART, verb. To dismantle a machine or other mechanical device.
PULL APART, verb. (idiomatic) to rigorously investigate the basis of an idea or theory.
PULL AWAY, verb. (idiomatic) To move ahead.
PULL BACK, verb. Used other than as an idiom. To pull in a backwards direction
PULL BACK, verb. To retreat
PULL BACK, verb. To retract
PULL BACK, verb. (transitive) to pull in order to reveal something underneath or behind.
PULL BACK, verb. (transitive) (sports) To pass (the ball) into a position further from the attacking goal line.
PULL BACK, verb. (transitive) (sports) To score when the team is losing.
PULL CORD, noun. A cord used to operate a ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted electrical device, such as a light switch.
PULL CORD, noun. A cord used to start a petrol-engined lawnmower, chainsaw or the like, where it is not feasible to have a starter motor.
PULL CORDS, noun. Plural of pull cord
PULL DOWN, verb. (transitive) To make (something) lower (especially of clothes).
PULL DOWN, verb. (transitive) To demolish or destroy (a building etc.).
PULL DOWN, verb. (transitive) To cause to fall to the floor
PULL FACES, verb. (idiomatic) To make abnormal facial expressions, especially for amusement.
PULL FACTOR, noun. The lure of another home, country, region, organization, or religion.
PULL FACTORS, noun. Plural of pull factor
PULL FROM THE FIRE, verb. Alternative form of pull out of the fire
PULL IN, verb. (literally transitive) To pull something, so that comes inside.
PULL IN, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) To arrest.
PULL IN, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) To earn [money].
PULL IN, verb. (idiomatic) (intransitive) (of a train) To approach a station.
PULL IN, verb. (idiomatic) (nautical) (transitive) To tighten a sail by pulling on a rope.
PULL IN ONE'S HORNS, verb. (idiomatic) To become less impassioned, aggressive, or argumentative; to exercise restraint; to yield or capitulate.
PULL MY FINGER, verb. A phrase used when playing a prank regarding flatulence, in which someone is asked to pull the finger of the person playing the prank, who simultaneously flatulates so as to suggest a causal relationship between the pulling of the finger and the ensuing expulsion of gas.
PULL OFF, verb. To remove by pulling.
PULL OFF, verb. (idiomatic) To achieve; to succeed at something difficult.
PULL OFF, verb. To turn off a road (onto the side of the road, or onto another road).
PULL OFF, verb. (of a vehicle) To begin moving and then move away; to pull away.
PULL OFF, verb. (vulgar) (slang) (transitive) To masturbate.
PULL ON, verb. (transitive) To put on (clothes)
PULL ONE OVER, verb. Alternative form of put one over
PULL ONE'S FINGER OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To stop wasting time in preliminaries, and concentrate on the important task
PULL ONE'S HEAD IN, verb. (figurative) (Australia) (New Zealand) To withdraw; to discontinue what one is doing or saying; to back off.
PULL ONE'S HORNS IN, verb. Alternative form of pull in one's horns
PULL ONE'S OWN WEIGHT, verb. Alternative form of pull one's weight
PULL ONE'S PUD, verb. (slang) (of a male) To masturbate.
PULL ONE'S PUNCHES, verb. (idiomatic) Alternative form of pull punches
PULL ONE'S SOCKS UP, verb. (idiomatic) To start making an effort; to renew or redouble one's efforts.
PULL ONE'S WEIGHT, verb. (idiomatic) To contribute fairly and proportionately to a group effort; to do the work that one is obligated to.
PULL ONESELF TOGETHER, verb. (idiomatic) To become mentally focused after a period of being unfocused.
PULL ONESELF UP BY ONE'S BOOTSTRAPS, verb. (idiomatic) To begin an enterprise or recover from a setback without any outside help; to succeed only on one's own effort or abilities.
PULL OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To withdraw; especially of military forces; to retreat.
PULL OUT, verb. (literally) To use coitus interruptus as a method of birth control.
PULL OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To remove something from a container.
PULL OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To maneuver a vehicle from the side of a road onto the lane.
PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS, verb. (idiomatic) To reserve or hold back nothing.
PULL OUT OF ONE'S ASS, verb. (idiomatic) (vulgar) (transitive) To fabricate (a factual-sounding claim) from no factual basis or evidence
PULL OUT OF THE FIRE, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To save from impending failure, destruction, or defeat.
PULL OUT OF THE HAT, verb. (idiomatic) To select at random, or seemingly at random.
PULL OVER, verb. (idiomatic) (intransitive) (of a vehicle) To come to a stop, and turn off the road (i.e. onto the roadside or hard shoulder).
PULL OVER, verb. (transitive) To cause to pull over
PULL PUNCHES, verb. To avoid using a high level of force when punching.
PULL PUNCHES, verb. (idiomatic) To word something delicately to avoid giving offense or inciting anger.
PULL QUOTE, noun. A pull-quote.
PULL QUOTES, noun. Plural of pull quote
PULL RANK, verb. (idiomatic) To assert one's authority over a subordinate who disagrees.
PULL SOMEONE DOWN A PEG, verb. (idiomatic) To lower someone's high self-opinion.
PULL SOMEONE'S BACON OUT OF THE FIRE, verb. (idiomatic) To rescue someone, especially at the last moment.
PULL SOMEONE'S CHAIN, verb. Alternative form of yank someone's chain
PULL SOMEONE'S CHESTNUTS OUT OF THE FIRE, verb. Alternative form of pull someone's bacon out of the fire
PULL SOMEONE'S FAT OUT OF THE FIRE, verb. Alternative form of pull someone's bacon out of the fire
PULL SOMEONE'S LEG, verb. (idiomatic) To tease someone; to lead someone on; to goad someone into overreacting. It usually implies teasing or goading by jokingly lying.
PULL START, noun. Recoil start
PULL STATION, noun. A button, lever, or other device in a building used to set off the fire alarm when manually pulled, pushed or otherwise activated.
PULL STRINGS, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) To manipulate a situation, especially by asking favours of others; to use one's influence with others to attain a desired goal.
PULL STRINGS, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) (often with “the” or a possessive adjective (such as “his”) before “strings”) To control a person, organization, or situation by operating behind the scenes, as a puppeteer controls a marionette.
PULL TEETH, verb. (dentistry) To remove teeth, usually because they are diseased or damaged.
PULL TEETH, verb. (idiomatic) To do something that is especially difficult or effortful, to get blood out of a stone.
PULL THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL, verb. (of a person) To be struggling with poverty, constantly in money difficulties.
PULL THE FAT OUT OF THE FIRE, verb. Alternative form of pull out of the fire
PULL THE FIRE ALARM, verb. To cause the fire alarm to go off, by pulling the button on the fire alarm pull station.
PULL THE OTHER LEG, verb. (idiomatic) In imperative/precative form, used to imply that the speaker does not accept or believe what another has just said.
PULL THE PLUG, verb. (intransitive) to unplug or cut power
PULL THE PLUG, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) to cease to support; to halt
PULL THE PLUG, verb. (intransitive) to cease or turn off life support
PULL THE PLUG, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) to cease from production or publication.
PULL THE REINS IN ON SOMEONE, verb. To restrict, curtail, curb.
PULL THE REINS IN ON SOMETHING, verb. To restrict, curtail, curb; to slow down or reduce.
PULL THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER SOMEONE, verb. (idiomatic) To suddenly remove support from someone.
PULL THE STRING, verb. (baseball) To throw an off-speed pitch, a change up, to cause the hitter to swing early and miss.
PULL THE TRIGGER, verb. To fire a gun.
PULL THE TRIGGER, verb. (idiomatic) To commit to a course of action.
PULL THE TRIGGER, verb. (soccer) (idiomatic) (intransitive) To shoot, kick the ball in hope of scoring a goal.
PULL THE WOOL OVER SOMEONE'S EYES, verb. (idiomatic) (informal) To deceive (someone).
PULL THROUGH, noun. A length of cord about a metre long with a narrow cylindrical weight at one end and loops at the other. Used for cleaning rifle barrels, by pulling through a piece of cloth.
PULL THROUGH, verb. To come through pain and trouble through perseverance
PULL THROUGH, verb. To clean the barrel of a firearm using a pull through
PULL TOGETHER, verb. To unite for a common objective.
PULL UP, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see pull,‎ up.
PULL UP, verb. (transitive) (intransitive) Lift upwards or vertically.
PULL UP, verb. Pull forward.
PULL UP, verb. (idiomatic) Retrieve; get.
PULL UP, verb. (idiomatic) Drive close towards something, especially a curb.
PULL UP A CHAIR, verb. (chiefly imperative) To sit down on a chair: to go from a non-seated position to sitting on a chair.
PULL UP A CHAIR, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see pull up,‎ a,‎ chair.
PULL UP A FLOOR, verb. (jocular) (chiefly imperative) Sit down on a floor.
PULL UP A FLOOR, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see pull up,‎ a,‎ floor.
PULL UP A PEW, verb. Alternative form of take a pew
PULL UP STAKES, verb. (idiomatic) To prepare to move one's usually temporary habitation, especially rapidly.
PULL UP STUMPS, verb. (idiomatic) To cease doing something, at least for the day.
PULL UP STUMPS, verb. (idiomatic) To relocate, emigrate, move one's home to some other place.

Dictionary definition

PULL, 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".
PULL, noun. The force used in pulling; "the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current".
PULL, noun. Special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull".
PULL, noun. A device used for pulling something; "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer".
PULL, noun. A sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull".
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".
PULL, noun. A sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it".
PULL, verb. Cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled".
PULL, verb. 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"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers".
PULL, verb. Move into a certain direction; "the car pulls to the right".
PULL, 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".
PULL, verb. Perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery".
PULL, verb. 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".
PULL, verb. Steer into a certain direction; "pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over".
PULL, verb. Strain abnormally; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition".
PULL, 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".
PULL, verb. Operate when rowing a boat; "pull the oars".
PULL, verb. Rein in to keep from winning a race; "pull a horse".
PULL, verb. Tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips".
PULL, verb. Hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing; "pull the ball".
PULL, verb. Strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon".
PULL, verb. Remove, 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".
PULL, 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?".
PULL, verb. Take away; "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf".

Wise words

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