- 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!
She pulled the door open.
He pulled the chair out for her.
The horse pulled the cart up the hill.
I need to pull an all-nighter to finish this project.
pull Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using pull
I'm just pulling your leg. Of course, I know you're not really a spy.
The company decided to pull the plug on the project due to lack of funds.
He was able to get the job because his father pulled some strings.
Phrases with pull
She managed to pull off the victory despite being the underdog.
With proper treatment, he is expected to pull through and make a full recovery.
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.