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 pull pull

noun

  • () the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you  ( pulling, pull )
    the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
     the pull up the hill had him breathing harder
    the pull up the hill had him breathing harder
     his strenuous pulling strained his back
    his strenuous pulling strained his back
  • () the force used in pulling  ( pull )
    the force used in pulling
     the pull of the moon
    the pull of the moon
     the pull of the current
    the pull of the current
  • () a device used for pulling something  ( pull )
    a device used for pulling something
     he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer
    he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer
  • () special advantage or influence  ( clout, pull )
    special advantage or influence
     the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull
    the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull
  • a sustained effort  ( pull )
    a sustained effort
     it was a long pull but we made it
    it was a long pull but we made it
  • a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)  ( drag, puff, pull )
    a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
     he took a puff on his pipe
    he took a puff on his pipe
     he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly
    he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly
  • a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments  ( pull, twist, wrench )
    a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
     the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell
    the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell
     he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
    he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
  • verb

  • () cause to move by pulling  ( draw, pull )
    cause to move by pulling
     draw a wagon
    draw a wagon
     pull a sled
    pull a sled
  • () direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes  ( draw, draw in, pull in, pull, attract )
    direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
     Her good looks attract the stares of many men
    Her good looks attract the stares of many men
     The ad pulled in many potential customers
    The ad pulled in many potential customers
     This pianist pulls huge crowds
    This pianist pulls huge crowds
     The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers
    The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers
  • () move into a certain direction  ( pull )
    move into a certain direction
     the car pulls to the right
    the car pulls to the right
  • () apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion  ( pull )
    apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
     Pull the rope
    Pull the rope
     Pull the handle towards you
    Pull the handle towards you
     pull the string gently
    pull the string gently
     pull the trigger of the gun
    pull the trigger of the gun
     pull your knees towards your chin
    pull your knees towards your chin
  • () bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover  ( get out, take out, pull, pull out, draw )
    bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
     draw a weapon
    draw a weapon
     pull out a gun
    pull out a gun
     The mugger pulled a knife on his victim
    The mugger pulled a knife on his victim
  • () perform an act, usually with a negative connotation  ( perpetrate, pull, commit )
    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
     perpetrate a crime
    perpetrate a crime
     pull a bank robbery
    pull a bank robbery
  • () strain abnormally  ( overstretch, pull )
    strain abnormally
     I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up
    I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up
     The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition
    The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition
  • () steer into a certain direction  ( pull )
    steer into a certain direction
     pull one's horse to a stand
    pull one's horse to a stand
     Pull the car over
    Pull the car over
  • take away  ( pull )
    take away
     pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf
    pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf
  • take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for  ( pull, root for )
    take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
     We all rooted for the home team
    We all rooted for the home team
     I'm pulling for the underdog
    I'm pulling for the underdog
     Are you siding with the defender of the title?
    Are you siding with the defender of the title?
  • remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense  ( draw out, pull, pull up, rip out, take out, tear out, pull out, extract )
    remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
     pull weeds
    pull weeds
     extract a bad tooth
    extract a bad tooth
     take out a splinter
    take out a splinter
     extract information from the telegram
    extract information from the telegram
  • strip of feathers  ( deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull, tear )
    strip of feathers
     pull a chicken
    pull a chicken
     pluck the capon
    pluck the capon
  • hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing  ( pull )
    hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
     pull the ball
    pull the ball
  • tear or be torn violently  ( pull, rive, rend, rip )
    tear or be torn violently
     The curtain ripped from top to bottom
    The curtain ripped from top to bottom
     pull the cooked chicken into strips
    pull the cooked chicken into strips
  • rein in to keep from winning a race  ( pull )
    rein in to keep from winning a race
     pull a horse
    pull a horse
  • operate when rowing a boat  ( pull )
    operate when rowing a boat
     pull the oars
    pull the oars
  • cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense  ( draw, pull )
    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
    A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter