Meaning of PULL in English

I. ˈpu̇l also ˈpəl verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pullian; akin to Middle Low German pulen to shell, cull

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. : to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force

b. : to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly

pull taffy

c. : to strain abnormally

pull a tendon

d. : to hold back (a racehorse) from winning

e. : to work (an oar) by drawing back strongly


a. : to draw out from the skin

pull feathers from a rooster's tail

b. : to pluck from a plant or by the roots

pull flowers

pull turnips

c. : extract

pull a tooth

3. : to hit (a ball) toward the left from a right-handed swing or toward the right from a left-handed swing — compare push

4. : to draw apart : rend , tear

5. : to print (as a proof) by impression

6. : to remove from a place or situation

pull the engine

pull ed the pitcher in the third inning

pull ed the show

7. : to bring (a weapon) into the open

pull ed a knife


a. : perform , carry out

pull an all-nighter

pull guard duty

b. : commit , perpetrate

pull a robbery

pull a prank


a. : put on , assume

pull a grin

b. : to act or behave in the manner of

pull ed a Horace Greely and went west — Steve Rushin


a. : to draw the support or attention of : attract

pull votes

— often used with in

b. : obtain , secure

pull ed a B in the course

11. : to demand or obtain an advantage over someone by the assertion of

pull rank

intransitive verb


a. : to use force in drawing, dragging, or tugging

b. : to move especially through the exercise of mechanical energy

the car pull ed clear of the rut


(1) : to take a drink

(2) : to draw hard in smoking

pull ed at a pipe

d. : to strain against the bit

2. : to draw a gun

3. : to admit of being pulled

4. : to feel or express strong sympathy : root

pull ing for my team to win

5. of an offensive lineman in football : to move back from the line of scrimmage and toward one flank to provide blocking for a ballcarrier

• pull·er noun

- pull a face

- pull a fast one

- pull punches

- pull oneself together

- pull one's leg

- pull one's weight

- pull stakes

- pull strings

- pull the plug

- pull the rug from under

- pull the string

- pull the trigger

- pull the wool over one's eyes

- pull together

II. noun

Usage: often attributive

Date: 14th century


a. : the act or an instance of pulling


(1) : a draft of liquid

(2) : an inhalation of smoke

c. : the effort expended in moving

a long pull uphill

d. : force required to overcome resistance to pulling

a trigger with a four pound pull


a. : advantage

b. : special influence

3. : proof 6a

4. : a device for pulling something or for operating by pulling

a drawer pull

5. : a force that attracts, compels, or influences : attraction

6. : an injury resulting from abnormal straining or stretching

a muscle pull

a groin pull

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.