pull meaning

[ pul ] Pronunciation:   "pull" in a sentence
Verb: pull  pûl
  1. Cause to move by pulling
    "pull a sled"
Noun: pull  pûl
  1. The act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
    "the pull up the hill had him breathing harder"
    - 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"
    - clout 
  4. A device used for pulling something
    "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer" 
  5. A sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
    - wrench, twist 
  6. A slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
    - puff, drag 
  7. A sustained effort
    "it was a long pull but we made it"

Derived forms: pulls, pulled, pulling

See also: pull along, pull back, pull down, pull off, puller

Type of: act, actuation, advantage, aspiration, breathing in, bust, device, displace, drive, effort, elbow grease, exertion, force, harm, hit, hurt, inhalation, injure, injury, inspiration, intake, move, propulsion, rein, rein in, remove, row, rupture, side, snap, strip, sweat, take, take away, tear, trauma, travail, vantage, withdraw, wound

Antonym: push

Part of: smoke, smoking

Encyclopedia: Pull

[American slang]
to move to a point beside someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.)
  The car pulled up alongside the truck and honked and the people inside waved and waved.
  Please pull alongside the curb.

[British slang]
Verb. 1. To seduce a desirable person, to sexually attract someone. Also commonly heard in the male expression pull a bird meaning to attract a female. E.g."I pulled this gorgeous student at the Union bar.”
2. To kiss passionately.
3. To arrest. E.g."Yeah, I was pulled climbing out of the rear window of the bank and carrying ¢G40,000 in cash." {Informal}


A handle for opening a door, window, drawer, etc.

verb, noun

verb [+ obj]


to cancel an event; to stop showing an advertisement, etc:

The company decided to pull the ad following complaints.


to attract the interest or support of sb/sth:

The show pulled 6.3 million viewers.

The special offers were pulling in shoppers.


pull the plug on sth/sb (informal)

to put an end to sb's project, a plan, etc:

The company decided to pull the plug on its online store.

pull sth/a rabbit out of the hat (informal)

to suddenly produce sth as a solution to a problem

pull strings (for sb) (AmE pull wires) (informal)

to use your influence in order to get an advantage for sb:

They say his father pulled strings for him.

pull the strings

to control events or the actions of other people:

Although the founder of the company has retired, he is still pulling the strings.

pull your weight

to work as hard as everyone else in a job, an activity, etc:

Some members of the team have not been pulling their weight.

pull wires (AmE) (informal)



pull ahead (of sb/sth) :

In terms of market share, Japanese firms are pulling ahead.

pull back (from sth)

to decide not to do sth that you were intending to do, because of possible problems:

Since the scandal, the company has pulled back from aggressive marketing.

pull sth in/down

to earn the large amount of money mentioned:

EMC's core software business pulled in $351 million last year.

pull sth off (informal)

to succeed in doing sth difficult:

We managed to pull off the deal.

pull out (of sth)

to move away from sth or stop being involved in it:

The project became so expensive that we had to pull out.


pull together

to act, work, etc. together with other people in an organized way:

If we pull together, we can meet this deadline.


1 [C, usually sing.]

the fact of sth attracting you or having a strong effect on you:

The show is not the pull it once was.

The pull of independence is persuading more and more people to go freelance.

2 [U]

power and influence over other people:

people who have a lot of pull with the media

Used in the context of general equities. See: Cancel.

n : an injury resulting from abnormal straining or stretching ‹a muscle pull› ‹a groin pull›
1 : EXTRACT 1 ‹pull a tooth›
2 : to strain or stretch abnormally ‹pull a tendon› ‹pull a muscle›

<messaging> A model of media distribution were the bits of content have to be requested by the user, e.g. normal use of HTTP on the World-Wide Web.

Opposite: "push media".


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  1. they are going to pull down that building.
  2. he began to pull the mud away with his hands.
  3. a good education gives a man a great pull.
  4. he gave a hard pull on the starter rope.
  5. oh, come, polly! pull yourself together.

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