Synonyms of 'pull'
to exert force on (an object) to draw it towards the source of the forceI helped pull him out of the water.
He drew his chair nearer the fire.
A crane hauled the car out of the stream.
He got up and dragged his chair towards the table.
She came down the stairs, trailing the coat behind her.
He was using the vehicle to tow his trailer.
A little boy tugged at her sleeve excitedly.
She yanked the child back into the house.
We had to prise the story out of him.
Nobody wants to lug around huge heavy suitcases.
She wrested the suitcase from the chauffeur's grasp.
to remove or extractWes was in the yard pulling weeds when we drove up.
He extracted a small notebook from his pocket.
He helped his mother pick fruit.
Remove the cake from the oven.
gather, , ,
The people lived by fishing, gathering nuts and fruits, and hunting.
I plucked a lemon from the tree.
All this information had been culled from radio reports.
to attract a sexual partner(informal) The organizers have to employ performers to pull a crowd.
Summer attracts visitors to the countryside.
The game is currently drawing huge crowds
Don't let credit tempt you to buy something you can't afford.
They did not realise that they were being lured into a trap.
This part of the book interests me in particular.
Retailers will try almost anything to entice shoppers through their doors.
to strain or stretchDave pulled a back muscle and could hardly move.
He strained his back during a practice session.
She tore the windscreen wipers from his car.
Make sure you don't stretch the pastry as you ease it into the corners.
pain that rends the heart
I tried not to rip the paper.
They wrenched open the passenger door and got into the car.
He fell and sprained his ankle.
the act of pullingThe tooth must be removed with a firm, straight pull.
the power to attract attention or supportNo matter how much you feel the pull of the past, try to look to the future.
It was never a physical attraction, just a meeting of minds.
It was meant to give the party greater public appeal.
The lure of rural life is proving as strong as ever.
She had a charm and fascination all of her own.
draw (informal), ,
The draw of India lies in its beauty.
There was no doubting the animal magnetism of the man.
The campsite had its own peculiar enchantment.
The cash bonus is an added enticement for the bank's customers.
the force used in pullingthe pull of gravity
the act of taking in drink or smokeHe took a deep pull of his cigarette.
power or influence(informal) Using all his pull in parliament, he obtained the necessary papers.
They should continue to use their influence to push environmental reform.
women who have reached positions of great power and influence
The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
The students wanted more say in the running of the university.
That argument no longer carries much weight.
He used his muscle to persuade Congress to change the law.
How can mothers keep daughters under their sway?
Her work gained her international prestige.
The two firms wield enormous clout in financial markets.
My position affords me the leverage to get things done.
kai (New Zealand, informal)
See pull a fast one on someone
See pull back
See pull in
See pull it off
See pull out (of)
See pull someone in
See pull someone up
See pull through
See pull up
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in the sense of appeal
the power to attract, please, or interest peopleIt was meant to give the party greater public appeal.
in the sense of authority
the power to command, control, or judge othersThe judge has no authority to order a second trial.
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