Noun: pulling pû-ling
Verb: pull pûl
- The act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
"his strenuous pulling strained his back";
- Cause to move by pulling
"pull a sled";
- draw, force
- 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
- Move into a certain direction
"the car pulls to the right"
- 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"
- Perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
"pull a bank robbery";
- perpetrate, commit
- 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
- Steer into a certain direction
"pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"
- Strain abnormally
"The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up";
- 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";
- Operate when rowing a boat
"pull the oars"
- Rein in to keep from winning a race
"pull a horse"
- Tear or be torn violently
"pull the cooked chicken into strips";
- rend, rip, rive [archaic]
- (baseball) hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
"pull the ball"
- Strip of feathers
"pull a chicken";
- pluck, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume
- 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
- Take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
"I'm pulling for the underdog";
- root for
- Take away
"pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"
- [Brit] (informal) successfully get someone to be one's date or sex partner
"he pulled last night";
Derived forms: pullings
See also: pull along, pull back, pull down, pull off
Type of: act, actuation, bust, displace, drive, force, hit, injure, move, propulsion, rein, rein in, remove, row, rupture, side, snap, strip, take, take away, tear, withdraw, wound
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