1. to exert force or influence on so as to cause to move toward or after the source of the force; drag, tug, draw, attract, etc.
a. to draw out; pluck out; extract
⇒ to pull a tooth
3. to draw apart; rip; tear
⇒ to pull a seam
5. to stretch or strain to the point of injury
⇒ to pull a muscle
6. Us, Informal to put into effect; carry out; perform
⇒ to pull a raid
7. Informal to hold back; restrain
⇒ to pull one's punches
a. Us to take (a gun, knife, etc.) from concealment so as to threaten
b. to take or force off or out; remove
⇒ to pull a wheel from a car
9. Dialectal to draw the entrails from (a fowl)
10. Baseball and Golf to hit (the ball) and make it go to the left or, if left-handed, to the right
11. Horse Racing to rein in or restrain (a horse) so as to keep it from winning
12. Printing to take (a proof) on a hand press
a. to work (an oar) by drawing it toward one
14. to exert force in or for dragging, tugging, or attracting something
15. to take a deep draft of a drink or puff at a cigarette, etc.
16. to be capable of being pulled
17. to move or drive a vehicle (away, ahead, around, out, etc.)
18. Us, American Football to run behind, and parallel to, the line of scrimmage, as to provide blocking for a ballcarriersaid of an offensive lineman
SYNONYMY NOTE: pull is the broad, general term of this list, as defined in sense 1 of the vt. above; draw suggests a smoother, more even motion than , . pull [he drew his sword from its scabbard]; drag implies the slow pulling of something heavy, connoting great resistance in the thing
pulled [she dragged the desk across the floor]; tug suggests strenuous, often intermittent effort in pulling but does not necessarily
connote success in moving the object [I tugged at the rope to no avail]; haul implies sustained effort in transporting something heavy, often mechanically [to haul furniture in a truck]; tow1 implies pulling by means of a rope or cable [to tow a stalled automobile] 19. the act, force, or result of pulling; specif.,
a. a dragging, tugging, attracting, etc.
b. the act or an instance of rowing
c. a drink
d. a puff at a cigarette, etc.
20. something to be pulled, as the handle of a drawer, etc.
21. Us, Informal
a. influence or special advantage
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Word origin of 'pull'ME pullen < OE pullian, to pluck, snatch with the fingers: ? akin to MLowG pull, a husk, shell