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pull

I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a car pulls out (=moves away from the side of the road)
▪ A car suddenly pulled out in front of me.
a car pulls over (=stops on the side of a road)
a car pulls up (=stops)
▪ Why’s that police car pulling up here?
a train pulls into/out of a station
▪ The train pulled into Euston station and I got off.
back out of/pull out of a deal (=decide not to make a deal after discussing one)
▪ Twenty-five jobs were lost after their partner pulled out of the deal.
be pulled from the wreckage
▪ The driver was pulled from the wreckage of his car.
break/pull/struggle free
▪ She broke free from her attacker.
draw/close/pull the curtains (=close them)
▪ The room was dark because the curtains were drawn.
gravitational pull
▪ the gravitational pull of the Moon
open/draw (back)/pull back the curtains (=open them)
▪ Would you mind opening the curtains?
open/pull down/draw the blinds
pull a crowd/pull in the crowds (=make a lot of people come to something)
▪ Low prices always pull in the crowds.
pull a crowd/pull in the crowds (=make a lot of people come to something)
▪ Low prices always pull in the crowds.
pull down/knock down/tear down a building
▪ All the medieval buildings were torn down.
pull in the punters (=attract them)
▪ You need something to pull in the punters .
pull off a victory (=win when it is difficult)
▪ Martin pulled off a surprise victory in the semi-final.
pull off a win (=win when it is difficult to win)
▪ The side has pulled off two excellent wins in the past couple of weeks.
pull on/drag on/draw on a cigarette (=smoke a cigarette with deep breaths)
▪ Ed was leaning out of the window and dragging on a cigarette.
pull open/pull out a drawer (=open it)
▪ He pulled open drawers until he found the papers.
pull open/pull out a drawer (=open it)
▪ He pulled open drawers until he found the papers.
pull out of a dive (=stop a plane going down)
▪ He tried to pull out of the steep dive before hitting the ground.
pull tab
pull...apart
▪ A couple of men started fighting and we had to pull them apart.
pull/drag/haul yourself into a position
▪ She pulled herself into a sitting position.
pull/draw up a chair (=move a chair nearer someone or something)
▪ Pull up a chair and look at these pictures.
pulled a hamstring
▪ He pulled a hamstring in training.
pulled...tight
▪ She tied the rope around the post and pulled it tight.
pulling power
▪ Madonna’s pulling power filled the Arena for 10 nights.
pull/kick/slam sth shut
▪ He pulled the trapdoor shut over his head.
Pull...lever
Pull this lever to open the gate.
pull/make a face (=to change your expression to make people laugh or to show you are angry, disappointed etc)
▪ Here’s a funny photo of Joe pulling a face.
pull/push yourself upright
▪ He pulled himself upright on the sofa.
pull/squeeze the trigger
▪ He took aim and squeezed the trigger.
pull/strain a muscle (=injure it)
▪ He pulled a muscle in his calf.
put on/pull on your gloves
▪ Eleanor put on her gloves and stood up.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
apart
▪ But I fear we are now being pulled apart - by commercial pressures and by the changes forced upon the broadcasting environment.
▪ He said something, and they pulled apart and both started talking at once.
▪ The kill is pulled apart in a way most people would find unedifying, despite assurances.
▪ He succeeded in pulling apart my clenched arms and started on my legs.
▪ Then comes anaphase I: the quartet of chromatids are pulled apart so as to form two sets of paired chromatids.
▪ Does the crust separate or pull apart from itself just under the dome?
▪ Concrete is extremely strong when compressed but has no strength at all when pulled apart.
away
▪ A minute later, Dougal tried to pull away.
▪ Leg meat should remain moist and just pull away from the bone.
▪ Eventually she pulled away a little, mopping her cheeks with her wrist.
▪ A letter sweater pulling away from blistered shoulders.
▪ I pull away to do seal impressions, rolling over and over.
▪ I saw his carriage, a fine two-horse brougham, pull away as I arrived for my visit.
▪ She stiffened, trying to pull away.
▪ My last look at them was from the back of a truck as I pulled away.
back
▪ He shuddered, his hand going to the bone handle of his dagger though he dare not pull back.
▪ Disconnection is equally easy, requiring just the grey collar to be pulled back.
▪ Then I felt him pull back, almost withdrawing, and he held himself there.
▪ Then, just as he responds, pull back out of range, deflecting his technique and countering.
▪ She seemed to shiver when they pulled back to look at each other, faces flushed with emotion.
▪ All units are to pull back.
▪ He was rather shy, and pulled back.
down
▪ The original bricks and mortar might be pulled down but Leatherslade Farm will remain for ever at the centre of the legend.
▪ It is even more disturbing that job market trends in the mid-1990s pulled down new groups of workers.
▪ He pulled down the wires that had let Jekub taste the electricity.
▪ The wrinkles around his mouth pulled down sternly as he talked about the upcoming missions.
▪ Other high-rise blocks are still being pulled down.
▪ Shops closed in mourning and even the post office pulled down its shutters.
▪ Here's a pair of jeans, pulled down to reveal a shaven male crotch.
▪ The pulling down of the right sheath, the ripping sound always convinced her it hurt.
in
▪ Charlotte walked slowly on to the platform and waited for her train to pull in.
▪ A secondary offering earlier this year pulled in about $ 26 million at $ 19. 25 per share.
▪ The 2x2 welt is useful if you want a rib which pulls in more tightly than the 2x1 welt.
▪ A train pulls in and the doors open.
▪ Even as recognition flashed into his mind, Ockleton pulled in by the hedge and stopped the car.
▪ I rounded the curve, looking for a place to pull in.
▪ Then Sir Alfred pulled in in his Bentley and promised me a free hand to design a car that worked.
▪ Secret Service agents estimate that the system pulled in about 40, 000 codes.
off
▪ Skill Oxton just failed to pull off victory at Hightown on a rain affected wicket.
▪ Straightening up after bending over to pull off her shoes was difficult.
▪ Langley pulled off a major surprise by beating title-chasing Gretna 2-1 away from home, despite having a man sent off.
▪ In one of the passes they pulled off the paved highway and parked out of sight of it, among limestone boulders.
▪ Super Channel wanted to run it but were told by the I.T.C. they'd be pulled off the air if they did.
▪ I think the message of this election is that the pro-family movement pulled off what it has never achieved in its history.
▪ A professional golfer tries to pull off a confidence trick against his own body.
▪ Both of those editions were pulled off the racks by supermarket chains that had received complaints from customers.
out
▪ Sofas and other furniture have been overturned, drawers pulled out, windows broken.
▪ When it happened, when she was pulled out like this, she felt sick, giddy and unbalanced.
▪ He pulled out all their chairs, handed them each an opened menu, then bowed and backed away.
▪ Ismail Sahputra, spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement, said as many as 30,000 soldiers would be pulled out.
▪ Then came the sudden peso devaluation that December, and Jimenez pulled out $ 70 million more.
▪ Mesh was in talks to buy the troubled company but pulled out at the last minute.
▪ He reached into a backpack and pulled out a small rug and put it out in front of me.
over
▪ Then a shin guard is pulled over the whole thing.
▪ When Jodzis did not pull over, officers used a car as a roadblock on a narrow street.
▪ Fifteen miles south of Garberville my eyes began to close and I pulled over and slept for half an hour.
▪ Alan Anderson pulled over to brace himself for the big-city traffic ahead.
▪ A side road appeared, a soft and dusty grey-white in the blackness, and they pulled over.
▪ Intrigued, she followed the car until the driver noticed she was being followed and pulled over.
▪ I pulled over to the emergency lane, barely able to see the other cars on the road.
▪ He put a tentative arm up; instantly one pulled over, in a rolling wave of black slush.
through
▪ The gate swung open and the Lada pulled through.
▪ Santamour wondered if they might pull through.
▪ Fortunately, though, we had a fighting spirit which helped us pull through.
▪ How else could he have pulled through, against such odds?
▪ Although his situation was critical - and, for a man of his age almost hopeless he pulled through.
▪ My gut feeling is that one way or another Congress will pull through.
▪ He pulled through, but then his kidneys failed and he died.
▪ Peggy and Jamie wait anxiously by Phil's bedside and it's soon clear that he's going to pull through.
together
▪ Double sets of wheels pull together like centipede rolling stock.
▪ But for those few in the know, it is easy to pull together these facts into an interesting whole.
▪ A useful activity is to pull together the governors of several neighbouring schools for training and updating on topical issues.
▪ Radical restructuring could work only if Sam had people on his side, pulling together instead of pulling the company apart.
▪ A nation that might disagree with its leaders at times, but will pull together for its nation's sake.
▪ But I get the feeling we are beginning to work against each other instead of pulling together.
▪ Robust white zips bite tightly pulling together taut panels of see-through plastic.
▪ Work-inhibited children have the best chance to grow out of their insufficiency when parents and teachers pull together in a positive direction.
up
▪ Peter pulled up, but to his horror the glider chose to pull up as its method of collision avoidance.
▪ I pulled up higher than the rest of the flight and made small, quick turns left and right.
▪ The woman would pull up the sheet to her neck.
▪ Others chimed in, saying those who have it made are pulling up the ladder on those less fortunate.
▪ He now pulled up a chair and, turning it about, sat on it, his elbows resting on the back.
▪ He pulls up a chair as she starts another game.
▪ He pulled up, climbed out, and removed the plastic cone that had kept the space free.
▪ The 1P signaled me to pull up the collective.
■ NOUN
car
▪ Outside, a car had just pulled into the driveway.
▪ I heard a car pull up in front of the apartment and heard the door slam shut.
▪ Back at work the next day, the cars may pull up to docking stations and pump electricity into offices or factories.
▪ Nine-stone Deirdre, 39, halted the driverless car by pulling on the door handle.
▪ The car pulled up and one of the policemen called to Alvin to come over.
▪ I heard a bunch of cars pulling up and looked out the window.
chair
▪ He pulled back her chair and Evelyn sat down, her shoulder touching his arm for a second.
▪ I pulled my chair close and put my arm around her shoulder.
▪ I pulled a chair away from the table.
▪ Anyway, I pull up a chair by the bed and say hello.
▪ She pulled a wooden chair across in front of him and sat sideways on it, leaning on the back, looking at him.
▪ I long to pull out a chair and tell her that she can rest as long as she likes.
▪ Nevertheless, he pulled out a chair for her.
▪ Henry pulled a chair out for me and then poured me some coffee while I looked around.
curtain
▪ Athelstan pulled the curtain back and wrinkled his nose at the smell.
▪ When you come right down to it, I neither pulled the curtain nor turned off the light.
▪ He pulled back a curtain revealing a brick wall close outside the window.
▪ Squirt pulled back the curtain and went out.
▪ The effort of pulling back the curtain brought a renewed stab of pain.
▪ At the top she would lead him into a booth and pull the curtain shut behind him.
▪ He pulled back one curtain and looked at his watch.
face
▪ His hand was warm; he pulled her face to his face with his warm hand.
▪ He told me that the oxygen mask had pulled away from my face some, and that I was probably just blacking out.
▪ She pulled a face at the speaker.
▪ I wear sweats and my hair is pulled from my face with a rubber band.
▪ At the end, she pulls her face into a lion.
▪ Then she pulled a rueful face.
▪ She gasped and looked over her shoulder, pulling her face together.
▪ He would never ask her why she was pulling faces, in case it encouraged her to pull worse ones.
gun
▪ But he ducks, wrenches at my fingers, and pulls his gun hand free.
▪ Then, slowly pulling my own gun away from his head, I continued walking until I was directly opposite him.
▪ She said that, as the officer felt threatened, he pulled his gun and fired off a warning shot.
▪ He pulled out a huge gun, snugged inside a light tan shoulder holster.
▪ It's not every day a young woman pulls a gun on a burglar.
▪ Confronting two young men outside a Vista apartment building, 18-year-old Lane pulled a gun.
▪ We featured dramatic pictures of two of the masked boys pulling a replica gun on our front and centre pages.
▪ Many horses died of starvation, and most of those that survived grew too weak for use in pulling the lightest guns.
hair
▪ Her blonde hair was pulled back into a smooth chignon and tied with a yellow silk bow.
▪ Tom kept fooling with my hair, pulling out one pin after another.
▪ Her long black hair was pulled back in a pony-tail.
▪ Next, her long red hair was pulled so hard she felt as if it was going to come out by the roots.
▪ Her hair was pulled back from her face and tied in a bun.
leg
▪ Charles Greenwich London Are you pulling my leg?
▪ Foster pulled his legs back from the fire.
▪ Cross the ankles, then try to pull the legs apart, using the strength from the legs to work against themselves.
▪ Standing at the kitchen counter, whining baby pulling on my legs.
▪ Then pull each leg away in opposite directions as far as it will go.
▪ Sure, but-you think he was pulling my leg?
▪ Turn away, swing the arms and club and then pull the body and legs through.
▪ Then Elmer gathers up the reins, leans back, and pulls his legs back, toes down in the stirrups.
lever
▪ Then Tony pulled the lever and the wheel began to slow down.
▪ They are let, loose by a man in a Plexiglas bubble controlling every-thing by pulling levers.
▪ She pulled a lever at the base of the cage.
▪ The blacks went in, pulled the lever, came out, and got their chickens.
▪ Amin pulled one of the levers and a noise came from inside.
▪ Complete the lace message - pull the selected lever and move the lace carriage to the right.
▪ Card No. 3 has a new instruction: you will pull the selector lever on occasions and no needles will be selected.
▪ Angalo pulled one of the levers back a bit.
muscle
▪ It tends to go on strike by pulling a muscle or twisting a joint.
▪ These help reduce the risk of pulled muscles.
▪ Naked, Julia stretched under the sheet, stretched so hard she pulled her stomach muscles to their full length.
▪ It came 11 days ago, when Ramon Martinez pulled a groin muscle and had to leave a game in Chicago.
▪ I was still at the crease, but having pulled a muscle in my leg I was batting with a runner.
▪ Washington pulled the muscle while covering Galloway in the third quarter.
▪ On the Thursday Luis Mendoza pulled a groin muscle, so Luke had to take his place.
▪ Slowly and smoothly pull your abdominal muscles in tight, keeping your chest and thighs in contact with the floor.
plug
▪ The banks can pull the plug.
▪ Newt Gingrich pulled the plug on ethics reform.
▪ Practically, the banks are not wishing to pull the plug.
▪ Then, on March 28, 1980, with no warning to the workers, Harvester pulled the plug.
▪ Mathie was looking for work after he decided to pull the plug on the 20-year-old classic emporium.
▪ They studied referees' reports and may recommend pulling the plug again after the final at Wembley on March 27.
▪ The whirlpool appears reliably whenever we pull the plug.
punch
▪ Nizan generally spoke his mind and refused to pull his punches.
▪ It also ended speculation that Cuomo might pull his punches in criticizing Clinton on the welfare issue.
▪ From the pulpit Rev Paul Andrianatos pulls no punches.
▪ Greenberg's judgment pulls no punches.
▪ That is why the transport white paper pulled its punches and proposed more road-building.
▪ They never pull any punches the way happiness does.
▪ The backdrop of 1950s Harlem is violent and sinister and the direction pulls few punches.
rug
▪ So the Government helped out by pulling the rug from under savers.
▪ He reached into a backpack and pulled out a small rug and put it out in front of me.
▪ It rather pulls the rug from under all those James Bond films.
▪ Congressional Republicans are tempted to pull the rug out from under Bill Clinton wherever possible.
▪ It snuggles up to something familiar then pulls the rug out and dares you to keep your balance.
station
▪ He pulled into the station car park, slammed on the brakes, and made no effort to get out of the van.
▪ I pulled into a gas station this morning.
▪ Some one uncoupled that car at Cartier and rigged some way of pulling it out of the station into the darkness before releasing it.
▪ Forty-five minutes later, the Aries-1B lunar carrier pulled away from the Station.
▪ It was like the noise made by a steam locomotive pulling out from a station.
▪ Back at work the next day, the cars may pull up to docking stations and pump electricity into offices or factories.
▪ Fifteen minutes later the locomotive will pull out of the station hauling an express for London.
string
▪ But if he was the puppet, who was pulling the strings and to what dance?
▪ He pulled strings to get the two of them into a university.
▪ Offshore a small tug belched black smoke as she struggled to pull a string of barges.
▪ This, of course, leaves Karadzic amply able to pull strings from backstage.
▪ Mrs Naulls was in Sunningdale because her son Stanley was a Hilderbridge councillor and had pulled strings.
▪ She, who had always pulled the strings, to have found herself in this position.
train
▪ Charlotte walked slowly on to the platform and waited for her train to pull in.
▪ The train pulled out and I never saw the town again.
▪ The platform is brightly lit and filled with people waiting for the train to pull in.
▪ As I burst on to the empty platform, the train starts to pull away.
▪ When the train pulled into Los Angeles, black passengers could sit anywhere they wanted.
▪ He was so near, he could see the trains pulling in and out.
trick
▪ A professional golfer tries to pull off a confidence trick against his own body.
▪ And the rooms pull a few surrealistic tricks with their architecture.
▪ Supposing Gesner pulled a trick, or she fell over.
▪ If he pulls that trick, the finals are within his and the Lakers' reach.
▪ Old Rudolf being smart enough to pull a trick like that!
▪ Then, as the United States Army neared, the well-mobilized army of Young pulled a trick.
▪ The veterans can pull off a few tricks, too.
trigger
▪ Without adequate built-in safeguards, there will be other Susan Allens who will pull the trigger before they cry for help.
▪ He checked that the breech was empty of bullets, then pumped the rifle up and pulled the trigger.
▪ But never mind, though their blue-veined old hands might be trembling their fingers could still pull a trigger.
▪ Jackson is convinced Ray pulled the trigger.
▪ He had tried several times at a local shooting range but he couldn't bring himself to pull the trigger.
▪ She put the barrel of a pistol in her mouth and pulled the trigger.
▪ He pulled the trigger but the chamber was empty.
▪ Now we need to pull the trigger.
wool
▪ You can not pull the wool over Hooper's eyes.
▪ But it's not easy to pull the wool over our eyes.
▪ He found out we had been pulling the wool over his eyes for quite some time.
▪ And to think she'd pulled the wool over Miss Phoebe's eyes!
▪ Then put the wool around the needle and pull the wool through both of the stitches.
▪ You can't pull the wool over my eyes like that.
▪ There are people who can pull the wool over peoples' eyes.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be drawn/pulled/picked out of the/a hat
be tearing/pulling your hair out
▪ Anyone else would be tearing his hair out, confronted by a pack of jabbering foreigners, but does Feargal?
▪ I was pulling my hair out.
draw/pull in your horns
▪ However, it now plans to draw in its horns in anticipation of declining demand for farm machinery by cutting back production.
not pull any/your punches
pull a stunt
▪ He says he loves his kids, but when he pulls a stunt like this it makes me wonder.
pull out all the stops
▪ Fred's pulling out all the stops for his daughter's wedding.
▪ If we pull out all the stops we should still be able to meet our deadline.
▪ They gave me a great leaving party - they really pulled out all the stops.
▪ CafÄ Pinot is pulling out all the stops with its four-course aphrodisiac menu.
▪ Judith Milner, a Healthcare consultant from Leeds pulls out all the stops when it comes to selling the range of services.
▪ Lott pulled out all the stops.
▪ Miss Pickering's pulled out all the stops this time.
▪ Soap bosses pulled out all the stops so football fever could infect Albert Square.
▪ There were occasions when Bloomsbury House pulled out all the stops on behalf of children who were clearly gifted - usually in the arts.
▪ We pulled out all the stops and gave the company a response in record time.
pull rank (on sb)
▪ She never acted like an authority figure or pulled rank on me.
▪ He pulled rank and went to bed at half past eleven, leaving me on for the late-night drinks.
▪ I do not enjoy pulling rank, but I do not tolerate unmanly gossip and back-biting.
▪ In the end, Naughtie pulled rank, and took on the task himself.
▪ Vi had the situation under control but the chief could, and probably would, pull rank.
pull sth to bits
▪ Jahsaxa's pals had virtually pulled hir to bits.
pull the plug (on sth)
▪ But the firm pulled the plug on the scheme last week, leaving McAlpine fuming.
▪ George Bush pulled the plug out here fairly early.
▪ Mir guys, pull the plug.
▪ Practically, the banks are not wishing to pull the plug.
▪ The banks can pull the plug.
▪ Then, on March 28, 1980, with no warning to the workers, Harvester pulled the plug.
▪ They studied referees' reports and may recommend pulling the plug again after the final at Wembley on March 27.
▪ When the gap gets to two seconds or less, I pull the plug.
pull the rug (out) from under sb/sb's feet
pull the wool over sb's eyes
▪ Don't try and pull the wool over my eyes - I can tell you've been smoking.
▪ The politicians are just trying to pull the wool over voters' eyes again.
▪ But it's not easy to pull the wool over our eyes.
▪ He found out we had been pulling the wool over his eyes for quite some time.
▪ The only conclusion a consumer can reach is that Microsoft managed to pull the wool over the eyes of millions of users.
▪ There are people who can pull the wool over peoples' eyes.
▪ You can't pull the wool over my eyes like that.
▪ You can not pull the wool over Hooper's eyes.
pull up stakes
▪ Our family pulled up stakes every few years when Dad was in the Army.
▪ Moreover, when a business pulls up stakes or downsizes, an entire program can wither overnight.
▪ So, he pulled up stakes and moved to Allen County to oversee a farm.
▪ Sometimes, staying put is a greater act of courage than pulling up stakes and starting anew.
pull up the drawbridge
pull your socks up
▪ Maybe we needed to pull our socks up and we are trying to do just that.
▪ With 16 games to go Oxford have still got time to pull their socks up.
▪ You're not exactly a young lad any more so you've got to pull your socks up.
pull your weight
▪ If you don't start pulling your weight around here, you're fired.
▪ All members were expected to pull their weight.
▪ Be firm, and tell him that he must either pull his weight or leave.
▪ For the average business, pulses and linseed didn't pull their weight.
▪ He didn't pull his weight, but knew how to keep it from the consultants.
▪ He just didn't pull his weight domestically.
▪ Some members of this class haven't been pulling their weight.
▪ The superiors counted on the new managers to pull their weight in contributing to the superiors' agendas.
▪ You subs are not pulling your weight.
pull/bring sb up short
▪ A moment later, realising she was teetering on the brink of self-pity, she brought herself up short.
▪ A moment later, though, and she was bringing herself up short.
▪ But Blue brings himself up short, realizing that they have nothing really to do with Black.
▪ However, never bring a preclear up short on this material.
▪ She has a red face and a manner that pulls people up short.
▪ This brings us up short at the outset of our study.
pull/get your finger out
▪ You could easily finish your essay if you just sit down and pull your finger out!
▪ So, come on shoe companies, pull your finger out, deliver the goods you advertise.
pull/haul yourself up by your bootstraps
pull/rip/tear sb/sth to pieces
▪ And having got under them, he can't half tear them to pieces.
▪ Brandon Thomas opted to unveil his Aunt away from London fearful that the capital's theatre critics would tear it to pieces.
▪ He was thrown from his chariot and his horses tore him to pieces and devoured him.
▪ I had been given the power to obliterate, to steal a body from its grave and tear it to pieces.
▪ If Hyde returns while I am writing this confession, he will tear it to pieces to annoy me.
▪ They will tear you to pieces.
▪ We are lost, for they will surely tear us to pieces with their sharp claws.
tug/tear/pull at sb's heartstrings
▪ It pulls at the heartstrings of every agent out there to see a young lady or anyone jeopardized by these conditions.
▪ That night the little creature did not stop crying and its pitiful little squeak tore at Aggie's heartstrings.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Pull the chair nearer to the fire.
▪ a tractor pulling a plough
▪ a train pulling 64 boxcars
▪ Bagert is expected to pull just enough votes to win.
▪ Crawford had been ordered to take a day's rest after pulling a leg muscle.
▪ Don't start pulling yet - wait till I say go.
▪ Everyone took hold of the rope and pulled hard.
▪ He pulled her towards him and kissed her.
▪ I pulled a muscle trying to move the piano into the apartment.
▪ Sampras dropped out of the tournament after pulling a calf muscle.
▪ She's going to have her wisdom teeth pulled.
▪ She raised the gun and pulled the trigger.
▪ She was angry enough to pull her kids from the school.
▪ The car seems to be pulling to the left.
▪ The Queen's carriage was pulled by two white horses.
▪ The team was pulled at the last minute.
▪ You need to pull this lever to start the machine.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Eventually a farmer on a tractor pulled up.
▪ He pulled up for the jumper and it rolled nicely in the rim.
▪ I can hear him pulling on his goddamn cigarette.
▪ I put my hand into my jacket pocket, felt for the pack, and pulled one out.
▪ If you can pull the paper out easily, the seals probably need replacing.
▪ Marcus then undid Patrick's pyjama jacket and started to try to pull it off, then decided not to.
▪ That bloke who keeps pulling his double set of teeth out had pinched the lot.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
gravitational
▪ As they were collapsing, the gravitational pull of matter outside these regions might start them rotating slightly.
▪ After a while we are aware of a deviation, the gravitational pull of an unseen planet.
▪ Spring Tides - Moon and Sun in opposition, with combined gravitational pull. 4.
▪ As if this were an apex of this island, its source of gravitational pull.
▪ The complete system involved includes a flat surface - a table, perhaps - and a steady downward gravitational pull.
▪ Such a situation creates a gravitational pull toward contractual arrangements and a corresponding push away from employment in the traditional sense.
▪ What, even so, of the required gravitational pull?
▪ These counteract the tendency for the body to contract under its own gravitational pull.
magnetic
▪ The newly created Reclamation Service exerted a magnetic pull on the best engineering graduates in the country.
strong
▪ The closeness was as strong as the pull of their own lives; they lost the pain of individuality within its protection.
▪ There was also a strong pull toward change.
▪ Why does their melancholy sport exert such a strong pull on my heart?
▪ They immediately began to produce stronger pulls than me at a slower, more measured speed.
▪ York had a stronger pull than smaller towns and attracted migrants over much longer distances than most places.
■ NOUN
ring
▪ Lucker pulls the ring pull and extends it to him.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be drawn/pulled/picked out of the/a hat
draw/pull in your horns
▪ However, it now plans to draw in its horns in anticipation of declining demand for farm machinery by cutting back production.
not pull any/your punches
pull out all the stops
▪ Fred's pulling out all the stops for his daughter's wedding.
▪ If we pull out all the stops we should still be able to meet our deadline.
▪ They gave me a great leaving party - they really pulled out all the stops.
▪ CafÄ Pinot is pulling out all the stops with its four-course aphrodisiac menu.
▪ Judith Milner, a Healthcare consultant from Leeds pulls out all the stops when it comes to selling the range of services.
▪ Lott pulled out all the stops.
▪ Miss Pickering's pulled out all the stops this time.
▪ Soap bosses pulled out all the stops so football fever could infect Albert Square.
▪ There were occasions when Bloomsbury House pulled out all the stops on behalf of children who were clearly gifted - usually in the arts.
▪ We pulled out all the stops and gave the company a response in record time.
pull rank (on sb)
▪ She never acted like an authority figure or pulled rank on me.
▪ He pulled rank and went to bed at half past eleven, leaving me on for the late-night drinks.
▪ I do not enjoy pulling rank, but I do not tolerate unmanly gossip and back-biting.
▪ In the end, Naughtie pulled rank, and took on the task himself.
▪ Vi had the situation under control but the chief could, and probably would, pull rank.
pull sth to bits
▪ Jahsaxa's pals had virtually pulled hir to bits.
pull up stakes
▪ Our family pulled up stakes every few years when Dad was in the Army.
▪ Moreover, when a business pulls up stakes or downsizes, an entire program can wither overnight.
▪ So, he pulled up stakes and moved to Allen County to oversee a farm.
▪ Sometimes, staying put is a greater act of courage than pulling up stakes and starting anew.
pull up the drawbridge
pull your socks up
▪ Maybe we needed to pull our socks up and we are trying to do just that.
▪ With 16 games to go Oxford have still got time to pull their socks up.
▪ You're not exactly a young lad any more so you've got to pull your socks up.
pull your weight
▪ If you don't start pulling your weight around here, you're fired.
▪ All members were expected to pull their weight.
▪ Be firm, and tell him that he must either pull his weight or leave.
▪ For the average business, pulses and linseed didn't pull their weight.
▪ He didn't pull his weight, but knew how to keep it from the consultants.
▪ He just didn't pull his weight domestically.
▪ Some members of this class haven't been pulling their weight.
▪ The superiors counted on the new managers to pull their weight in contributing to the superiors' agendas.
▪ You subs are not pulling your weight.
pull/bring sb up short
▪ A moment later, realising she was teetering on the brink of self-pity, she brought herself up short.
▪ A moment later, though, and she was bringing herself up short.
▪ But Blue brings himself up short, realizing that they have nothing really to do with Black.
▪ However, never bring a preclear up short on this material.
▪ She has a red face and a manner that pulls people up short.
▪ This brings us up short at the outset of our study.
pull/get your finger out
▪ You could easily finish your essay if you just sit down and pull your finger out!
▪ So, come on shoe companies, pull your finger out, deliver the goods you advertise.
pull/haul yourself up by your bootstraps
pull/rip/tear sb/sth to pieces
▪ And having got under them, he can't half tear them to pieces.
▪ Brandon Thomas opted to unveil his Aunt away from London fearful that the capital's theatre critics would tear it to pieces.
▪ He was thrown from his chariot and his horses tore him to pieces and devoured him.
▪ I had been given the power to obliterate, to steal a body from its grave and tear it to pieces.
▪ If Hyde returns while I am writing this confession, he will tear it to pieces to annoy me.
▪ They will tear you to pieces.
▪ We are lost, for they will surely tear us to pieces with their sharp claws.
tug/tear/pull at sb's heartstrings
▪ It pulls at the heartstrings of every agent out there to see a young lady or anyone jeopardized by these conditions.
▪ That night the little creature did not stop crying and its pitiful little squeak tore at Aggie's heartstrings.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Give the rope a good pull.
▪ I couldn't remember where the pull was to open the parachute.
▪ I took one last pull from the water jug.
▪ She gave a gentle pull on the reins, and the horse stopped.
▪ That door sticks a bit - give it a good pull.
▪ The pull of the Bavarian countryside is strong.
▪ The former Senator has a lot of pull with the Republicans in Congress.
▪ The moon's pull on the Earth's oceans creates the tides.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ After about a year I gave in to the pull and discovered that fatherhood has made me a much more serious person.
▪ An average student, he felt the pull and excitement of the Army, so he left college to enlist in 1942.
▪ Another pull for ten minutes or so brought me up on to the summit, where I sat down to have my lunch.
▪ As they were collapsing, the gravitational pull of matter outside these regions might start them rotating slightly.
▪ Specifically, investors should diversify with quality stocks and continue to invest for the long pull.
▪ That pull does not usually create as much immediate conflict for them.
▪ The final pull of day is seduced away to another gathering.
Wiktionary

pull

n. 1 An act of pulling (applying force) 2 An attractive force which causes motion towards the source 3 Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope 4 (context slang dated English) Something in one's favour in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing. 5 appeal or attraction (as of a movie star) 6 (context Internet uncountable English) The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in ''server pull'', ''pull technology'' 7 A journey made by rowing 8 (context dated English) A contest; a struggle. 9 (context obsolete poetic English) Loss or violence suffered. 10 (context slang English) The act of drinking. 11 (context cricket English) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side. 12 (context golf English) A mishit shot which travels in a straight line and (for a right-handed player) left of the intended path. vb. 1 (context transitive intransitive English) to apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force 2 To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward oneself; to pluck. 3 To attract or net; to pull in. 4 To draw apart; to tear; to rend. 5 (context ambitransitive UK Ireland slang English) to persuade (someone) to have sex with one 6 (context transitive English) to remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability 7 (context transitive informal English) to do or perform 8 (context transitive English) to retrieve or generate for use 9 to toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field 10 (context intransitive English) to row 11 (context transitive English) To strain (a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.). 12 (context video games ambitransitive English) To draw (a hostile non-player character) into combat, or toward or away from some location or target. 13 to score a certain amount of points in a sport. 14 (context horse-racing English) To hold back, and so prevent from winning. 15 (context printing dated English) To take or make (a proof or impression); so called because hand presses were worked by pulling a lever. 16 (context cricket golf English) To strike the ball in a particular manner. (See noun sense.) 17 (context UK English) To draw beer from a pump, keg, or other source.

WordNet

pull

  1. n. 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" [syn: pulling]

  2. the force used in pulling; "the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current"

  3. special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull" [syn: clout]

  4. a device used for pulling something; "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"

  5. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull" [syn: wrench, twist]

  6. 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" [syn: puff, drag]

  7. a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"

pull

  1. v. cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled" [syn: draw, force] [ant: push]

  2. 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" [syn: attract, pull in, draw, draw in] [ant: repel]

  3. move into a certain direction; "the car pulls to the right"

  4. 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"

  5. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery" [syn: perpetrate, commit]

  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" [syn: draw, pull out, get out, take out]

  7. steer into a certain direction; "pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"

  8. strain abnormally; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition" [syn: overstretch]

  9. 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"

  10. operate when rowing a boat; "pull the oars"

  11. rein in to keep from winning a race; "pull a horse"

  12. tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rend, rip, rive]

  13. hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing; "pull the ball"

  14. strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon" [syn: pluck, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume]

  15. 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" [syn: extract, pull out, pull up, take out, draw out]

  16. 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?" [syn: side, root]

  17. take away; "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pull

Pull \Pull\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pulled; p. pr. & vb. n. Pulling.] [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.

  4. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.

  5. (Horse Racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled.

  6. (Print.) To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.

  7. (Cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. See Pull, n.,

  8. Never pull a straight fast ball to leg.
    --R. H. Lyttelton.

    To pull and haul, to draw hither and thither. `` Both are equally pulled and hauled to do that which they are unable to do. ''
    --South.

    To pull down, to demolish; to destroy; to degrade; as, to pull down a house. `` In political affairs, as well as mechanical, it is easier to pull down than build up.''
    --Howell. `` To raise the wretched, and pull down the proud.''
    --Roscommon.

    To pull a finch. See under Finch.

    To pull off, take or draw off.

Pull

Pull \Pull\, v. i. To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope.

To pull apart, to become separated by pulling; as, a rope will pull apart.

To pull up, to draw the reins; to stop; to halt.

To pull through, to come successfully to the end of a difficult undertaking, a dangerous sickness, or the like.

Pull

Pull \Pull\, n.

  1. 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.

  2. A contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull.
    --Carew.

  3. A pluck; loss or violence suffered. [Poetic]

    Two pulls at once; His lady banished, and a limb lopped off.
    --Shak.

  4. A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull.

  5. The act of rowing; as, a pull on the river. [Colloq.]

  6. The act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug. [Slang]
    --Dickens.

  7. Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull. [Slang]

  8. (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.

Wikipedia

Pull

A pull is a force that acts in the direction of the origin of the force.

Pull may also refer to:

  • Muscle pull, a strain injury
  • Drawer pull
  • Pull (philately), impression from a handstamp or die
  • Pull technology, a method of content delivery
  • Push–pull strategy, a type of business strategy/system

Pull (philately)

In philately, a pull is created when an impression of a handstamp or die is made.

The wording or design of a handstamp or die appears in reverse when viewing the original so it is necessary to make a pull on to paper to view the image as it will appear in use.

Pulls are made of die proofs in order to check progress when engraving a stamp.

Pull (Winger album)

Pull was the third album by American rock band Winger. The album was released in 1993 by Atlantic Records.

It was produced by Mike Shipley on a considerable budget and marked a significant change in Winger's sound, eschewing their pop-metal anthems prevalent in their first two albums for a harder and more aggressive style of music with a good dose of socio-political leanings on tracks like "Blind Revolution Mad", "In for the Kill", and "Who's the One". The material was also less commercial and radio friendly, evident especially in the track "Junkyard Dog (Tears on Stone)" incorporating contemporary heavy metal and progressive elements and clocking in at 6:54.

The album is often regarded as the favourite among the group's fans, but in terms of sales figures the album was not as successful as the two first albums, peaking at #83 on Billboard's Album chart.

Pull was recorded by Winger as a trio, as guitarist/keyboardist Paul Taylor left the band after the In the Heart of the Young tour in 1992.

A bonus track called "Hell to Pay" was available on the Japanese version of the album. This track is also included on the 2001 compilation The Very Best of Winger.

Pull (Mr. Mister album)

Pull is the fourth studio album by American pop band Mr. Mister, and the only album not to feature founding guitarist Steve Farris, who had departed the band in 1989. It was recorded from 1989 to 1990, but the record company refrained from releasing this more introspective album. Due to the band's being left without a record company – and subsequent breakup – the album was left without an official release until 2010, when it was remixed and released by Richard Page's own Little Dume Recordings label.

The album was made available as a physical CD plus digital download.

No singles were released from this album, although one track ("We Belong to No One") was offered as a free download from the Little Dume website while the album was being prepped for release. Also, "Waiting in My Dreams" was first featured on the band's The Best of Mr. Mister album.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

pull

c.1300, "a fishing net;" mid-14c., "a turn at pulling," from pull (v.). From mid-15c. as "an act of pulling." Meaning "personal or private influence" is by 1889, American English, from earlier sense "power to pull (and not be pulled by)" a rival or competitor (1580s).

pull

c.1300, "to move forcibly by pulling, to drag," from Old English pullian "to pluck off (wool), to draw out," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Low German pulen "remove the shell or husk," Frisian pûlje "to shell, husk," Middle Dutch polen "to peel, strip," Icelandic pula "work hard."\n

\nEarly 14c. as "to pick, pull off, gather" (fruit, flowers, berries, leaves, petals, etc.); mid-14c. as "to uproot, pull up" (of teeth, weeds, etc.). Sense of "to draw, attract" (to oneself) is from c.1400; sense of "to pluck at with the fingers" is from c.1400. Meaning "tear to pieces" is mid-15c. By late 16c. it had replaced draw in these senses. Related: Pulled; pulling.\n

\nCommon in slang usages 19c.-20c.; Bartlett (1859) has to pull foot "walk fast; run;" pull it "to run." To pull up "check a course of action" is from 1808, figurative of the lifting of the reins in horse-riding. To pull (someone's) chain in figurative sense is from 1974, perhaps on the notion of a captive animal; the expression was also used for "to contact" (someone), on the notion of the chain that operates a signaling mechanism.\n

\nTo pull (someone's) leg is from 1882, perhaps on notion of "playfully tripping" (compare pull the long bow "exaggerate," 1830, and pulling someone's leg also sometimes was described as a way to awaken a sleeping person in a railway compartment, ship's berth, etc.). Thornton's "American Glossary" (1912) has pull (n.) "a jest" (to have a pull at (someone)), which it identifies as "local" and illustrates with an example from the Massachusetts "Spy" of May 21, 1817, which identifies it as "a Georgian phrase." To pull (one's) punches is from 1920 in pugilism, from 1921 figuratively. To pull in "arrive" (1892) and pull out "depart" (1868) are from the railroads.\n

\nTo pull (something) off "accomplish, succeed at" is originally in sporting, "to win the prize money" (1870). To pull (something) on (someone) is from 1916; to pull (something) out of one's ass is Army slang from 1970s. To pull rank is from 1919; to pull the rug from under (someone) figuratively is from 1946.

Usage examples of "pull".

The Aberrant thing gave another great pull, and the whole caravan shifted.

Either come down to us into the meadow yonder, that we may slay you with less labour, or else, which will be the better for you, give up to us the Upmeads thralls who be with you, and then turn your faces and go back to your houses, and abide there till we come and pull you out of them, which may be some while yet.

Once inside the ablutions one of the interrogators pulled his underpants down around his ankles and ordered him to step out of them and bend over.

The water boiled around Abo as the shark thrashed, but Abo stayed on and, holding the stick like handlebars, he pulled back to keep the shark from diving and steered him into the shallow water of the reef, where the other men waited with their knives drawn.

I strove again, then, to escape, pulling against the bonds, trying to abraid them against the back of the blade.

Ross absently pulled the cigarette from his mouth and looked at it, brow knotted in concentration.

The disk pulled us towards it at twenty-one gee, the acceleration of the ship pulled us away from it at twenty gee, and we sat there in the middle at a snug and comfortable standard gravity.

He pulls up before a sign: RIVER THAMES WATER AUTHORITY No Admittance At a control barrier Steed inserts a card.

Atari Ado, cooked in half by a Sunjet blast, scrabbling with the last of her strength to get a sidearm to her throat and pull the trigger.

She pulled her shawl closer around her against the chilly air and returned to the adobe house.

The man lurched back, one hand grasping, then pulling at the adze wedged in his shoulder.

The plastic aerator valves, surgically stitched in his chest, pulled and twisted and seemed to tear with each lurch of his body.

Two hours after midnight the doors of the workshop were pulled away and the aerophane was dragged on its carriage into the garden.

Pulling his hat low for shade, Mat searched the road for a woman, for anyone, mounted or afoot, and his heart sank.

I pulled off the main road and found my way down towards the se afront where the tourist hotels were.