[ UK /pˈʊl/ ]
[ US /ˈpʊɫ/ ]
  1. take away
    pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf
  2. tear or be torn violently
    The curtain ripped from top to bottom
    pull the cooked chicken into strips
  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 handle towards you
    Pull the rope
    pull the trigger of the gun
    pull the string gently
    pull your knees towards your chin
  5. 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
  6. steer into a certain direction
    pull one's horse to a stand
    Pull the car over
  7. take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
    I'm pulling for the underdog
    We all rooted for the home team
    Are you siding with the defender of the title?
  8. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
    Her good looks attract the stares of many men
    The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers
    The ad pulled in many potential customers
    This pianist pulls huge crowds
  9. strain abnormally
    I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up
    The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition
  10. strip of feathers
    pluck the capon
    pull a chicken
  11. remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
    extract a bad tooth
    take out a splinter
    extract information from the telegram
    pull weeds
  12. hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
    pull the ball
  13. cause to move by pulling
    pull a sled
    draw a wagon
  14. operate when rowing a boat
    pull the oars
  15. rein in to keep from winning a race
    pull a horse
  16. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    perpetrate a crime
    pull a bank robbery
  17. bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
    pull out a gun
    The mugger pulled a knife on his victim
    draw a weapon
  1. 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
  2. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
    the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell
  3. a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
    he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly
    he took a puff on his pipe
  4. a device used for pulling something
    he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer
  5. special advantage or influence
    the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull
  6. the force used in pulling
    the pull of the current
    the pull of the moon
  7. a sustained effort
    it was a long pull but we made it
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How To Use pull In A Sentence

  • When we see her, we remember that hot July day doing five knots pulling Jess and Jerry on a tube and Russ skippering his first yacht.
  • He pulled himself up and stumbled to the bathroom, where he turned on the cold tap and collapsed at the bottom of the shower, barely awake.
  • Pulling one back with another penalty - this time converted by the regular taker - they finally conceded a third. The Sun
  • Sefelt has pulled back halfway normal, swelling up and down with big wet, rattling breaths.
  • But I needed to know who it was so I pulled out a comb and brushed my hair forward a little and put it to the side.
  • She was in her sixties and wore her thinning gray hair pulled back in a loose bun with all but a few strands secured by bobby pins.
  • A couple have told how they are lucky to be alive after a horse pulling their carriage ran amok and started a stampede during a holiday pleasure trip.
  • Keeping specific goals and metrics for testing in mind not only helps track status and results, but also avoids the last-second scramble to pull together necessary reports.
  • He pulled the hood of his cloak over his head to avoid recognition.
  • But the family have pulled together and, in spite of fits of irritability, are happy.
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