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pull  


      vb   mainly tr  
1    also intr   to exert force on (an object) so as to draw it towards the source of the force  
2    to exert force on so as to remove; extract  
to pull a tooth     
3    to strip of feathers, hair, etc.; pluck  
4    to draw the entrails from (a fowl)  
5    to rend or tear  
6    to strain (a muscle, ligament, or tendon) injuriously  
7    usually foll by: off  
Informal   to perform or bring about  
to pull off a million-pound deal     
8    often foll by: on  
Informal   to draw out (a weapon) for use  
he pulled a knife on his attacker     
9    Informal   to attract  
the pop group pulled a crowd     
10    also intr  
Slang   to attract (a sexual partner)  
11    intr; usually foll by: on or at   to drink or inhale deeply  
to pull at one's pipe, pull on a bottle of beer     
12    to put on or make (a grimace)  
to pull a face     
13    also intr; foll by: away, out, over, etc.   to move (a vehicle) or (of a vehicle) be moved in a specified manner  
he pulled his car away from the roadside     
14      (Printing)   to take (a proof) from type  
15    to withdraw or remove  
the board decided to pull their support     
16      (Golf, baseball, etc.)   to hit (a ball) so that it veers away from the direction in which the player intended to hit it (to the left for a right-handed player)  
17      (Cricket)   to hit (a ball pitched straight or on the off side) to the leg side  
18      (Hurling)   to strike (a fast-moving ball) in the same direction as it is already moving  
19    also intr   to row (a boat) or take a stroke of (an oar) in rowing  
20    to be rowed by  
a racing shell pulls one, two, four, or eight oars     
21    (of a rider) to restrain (a horse), esp. to prevent it from winning a race  
22    intr   (of a horse) to resist strongly the attempts of a rider to rein in or check it  
23    pull a fast one  
Slang   to play a sly trick  
24    pull apart or to pieces   to criticize harshly  
25    pull your head in     (Austral)  
informal   be quiet!  
26    pull (one's) punches  
a    Informal   to restrain the force of one's criticisms or actions  
b      (Boxing)   to restrain the force of one's blows, esp. when deliberately losing after being bribed, etc.  
27    pull one's weight  
Informal   to do one's fair or proper share of a task  
28    pull strings  
Informal   to exercise personal influence, esp. secretly or unofficially  
29    pull (someone's) leg  
Informal   to make fun of, fool, or tease (someone)  
      n  
30    an act or an instance of pulling or being pulled  
31    the force or effort used in pulling  
the pull of the moon affects the tides on earth     
32    the act or an instance of taking in drink or smoke  
33    something used for pulling, such as a knob or handle  
34    Informal   special advantage or influence  
his uncle is chairman of the company, so he has quite a lot of pull     
35    Informal   the power to attract attention or support  
36    a period of rowing  
37    a single stroke of an oar in rowing  
38    the act of pulling the ball in golf, cricket, etc.  
39    the act of checking or reining in a horse  
40    the amount of resistance in a bowstring, trigger, etc.,   (See also)        pull about       pull back       pull down       pull in       pull off       pull on       pull out       pull through       pull together       pull up  
     (Old English pullian; related to Icelandic pula to beat)  
  puller      n  


bell pull  
      n   a handle, rope, or cord pulled to operate a doorbell or servant's bell  
demand-pull inflation  
      n      See       inflation       2  
leg-pull  
      n     (Brit)  
informal   a practical joke or mild deception  
pull about  
      vb   tr, adv   to handle roughly  
the thugs pulled the old lady about     
pull back  
      vb   adv  
1    to return or be returned to a rearward position by pulling  
the army pulled back     
      n  
  pullback  
2    the act of pulling back  
3    a device for restraining the motion of a mechanism, etc., or for returning it to its original position  
pull down  
      vb   tr, adv   to destroy or demolish  
the old houses were pulled down     
pull in  
      vb   adv  
1    intr; often foll by: to   to reach a destination  
the train pulled in at the station     
2    intr     (Also)    pull over     (of a motor vehicle, driver, etc.)  
a    to draw in to the side of the road in order to stop or to allow another vehicle to pass  
b    to stop (at a café, lay-by, etc.)  
3    tr   to draw or attract  
his appearance will pull in the crowds     
4    tr  
Slang   to arrest  
5    tr   to earn or gain (money)  
      n  
  pull-in  
6      (Brit)   a roadside café, esp. for lorry drivers  
pull off  
      vb   tr  
1    to remove (clothing) forcefully  
2    adv   to succeed in performing (a difficult feat)  
pull on  
      vb   tr, adv   to don (clothing)  
pull out  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to extract  
2    intr   to depart  
the train pulled out of the station     
3      (Military)   to withdraw or escape or be withdrawn or rescued, as from a difficult situation  
the troops were pulled out of the ruined city     
4    intr     (of a motor vehicle, driver, etc.)  
a    to draw away from the side of the road  
b    to draw out from behind another vehicle to overtake  
5    intr   to abandon a position or situation, esp. a dangerous or embarrassing one  
6    foll by: of   to level out or cause to level out (from a dive)  
      n  
  pull-out  
7    an extra leaf of a book that folds out  
8    a removable section of a magazine, etc.  
9    a flight manoeuvre during which an aircraft levels out after a dive  
10    a withdrawal from a position or situation, esp. a dangerous or embarrassing one  
pull through  
      vb  
1      (Also)    pull round   to survive or recover or cause to survive or recover, esp. after a serious illness or crisis  
      n  
  pull-through  
2    a weighted cord with a piece of cloth at the end used to clean the bore of a firearm  
pull together  
      vb  
1    intr, adv   to cooperate or work harmoniously  
2    pull oneself together  
Informal   to regain one's self-control or composure  
pull up  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to remove by the roots  
2    often foll by: with or on   to move level (with) or ahead (of) or cause to move level (with) or ahead (of), esp. in a race  
3    to stop  
the car pulled up suddenly     
4    tr   to rebuke  
      n  
  pull-up  
5      (Brit)   a roadside café; pull-in  
push-pull  
      n   modifier   using two similar electronic devices, such as matched valves, made to operate 180° out of phase with each other. The outputs are combined to produce a signal that replicates the input waveform  
a push-pull amplifier     
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exp.
use the authority given by a position (in society, in a company etc.) to determine someone to act in a certain manner
E.g: He is not eager to attend the event, but he has to be there because his boss pulled rank on him.

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