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Noun: pulling  pû-ling
  1. The act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
    "his strenuous pulling strained his back";
    - pull
Verb: pull  pûl
  1. Cause to move by pulling
    "pull a sled";
    - draw
  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, rip out, tear out
  16. Take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
    "I'm pulling for the underdog";
    - root for, side with
  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

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

Antonym: push

Encyclopedia: Pulling