pull Definition

  • 1exert force on (someone or something) so as to cause movement towards oneself
  • 2remove (something) from somewhere with a firm grip
  • 3move steadily in a particular direction or towards a particular objective

Using pull: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pull" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She pulled the door open.

  • Example

    He pulled the chair out for her.

  • Example

    The horse pulled the cart up the hill.

  • Example

    I need to pull an all-nighter to finish this project.

pull Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using pull

  • pull someone's leg

    tease or trick someone in a playful way


    I'm just pulling your leg. Of course, I know you're not really a spy.

  • stop supporting or funding something


    The company decided to pull the plug on the project due to lack of funds.

  • use one's influence or connections to achieve a desired outcome


    He was able to get the job because his father pulled some strings.

Phrases with pull

  • achieve something difficult or unexpected


    She managed to pull off the victory despite being the underdog.

  • recover from a serious illness or injury


    With proper treatment, he is expected to pull through and make a full recovery.

  • work together effectively as a team


    We need to pull together if we want to meet the deadline.

Origins of pull

from Old English 'pullian', meaning 'to pluck or snatch'


Summary: pull in Brief

The verb 'pull' [pʊl] means to exert force on something to move it towards oneself or to remove something with a firm grip. It can also mean to move steadily towards an objective, as in 'I need to pull an all-nighter to finish this project.' Phrases like 'pull off' and 'pull through' denote achieving something difficult or recovering from an illness, while 'pull someone's leg' and 'pull the plug' are idioms that mean to tease or stop supporting something, respectively.

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