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Verb: pull  pûl
  1. Cause to move by pulling
    "pull a sled";
    - draw, force
     
  2. Direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
    "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds";
    - attract, pull in, draw, draw in
     
  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 rope"; "Pull the handle towards you"; "pull the string gently"; "pull the trigger of the gun"; "pull your knees towards your chin"
     
  5. Perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    "pull a bank robbery";
    - perpetrate, commit
     
  6. 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, pull out, get out, take out
     
  7. Steer into a certain direction
    "pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"
     
  8. Strain abnormally
    "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up";
    - overstretch
     
  9. 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";
    - draw
     
  10. Operate when rowing a boat
    "pull the oars"
     
  11. Rein in to keep from winning a race
    "pull a horse"
     
  12. Tear or be torn violently
    "pull the cooked chicken into strips";
    - rend, rip, rive [archaic]
     
  13. (baseball) hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
    "pull the ball"
     
  14. Strip of feathers
    "pull a chicken";
    - pluck, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume
     
  15. Remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
    "pull weeds"; "pull out a bad tooth";
    - extract, pull out, pull up, take out, draw out
     
  16. Take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
    "I'm pulling for the underdog";
    - root for
     
  17. Take away
    "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"
     
  18. [Brit] (informal) successfully get someone to be one's date or sex partner
    "he pulled last night";
    - score
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)
    "he took a pull on his pipe";
    - puff, drag
     
  7. A sustained effort
    "it was a long pull but we made it"

Derived forms: pulling, pulls, pulled

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

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