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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pull \Pull\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Pulled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pulling}.] [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

1. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.

Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows. --Shak.

He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in. --Gen. viii. 9.

2. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.

He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate. --Lam. iii. 11.

3. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.

4. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.

5. (Horse Racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled.

6. (Print.) To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.

7. (Cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. See {Pull}, noun, 8.

Never pull a straight fast ball to leg. --R. H. Lyttelton.

{To pull and haul}, to draw hither and thither. " Both are equally pulled and hauled to do that which they are unable to do. " --South.

{To pull down}, to demolish; to destroy; to degrade; as, to pull down a house. " In political affairs, as well as mechanical, it is easier to pull down than build up." --Howell. " To raise the wretched, and pull down the proud." --Roscommon.

{To pull a finch}. See under {Finch}.

{To pull off}, take or draw off.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pull \Pull\, verb (used without an object) To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope.

{To pull apart}, to become separated by pulling; as, a rope will pull apart.

{To pull up}, to draw the reins; to stop; to halt.

{To pull through}, to come successfully to the end of a difficult undertaking, a dangerous sickness, or the like.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pull \Pull\, noun

1. The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one.

I awakened with a violent pull upon the ring which was fastened at the top of my box. --Swift.

2. A contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull. --Carew.

3. A pluck; loss or violence suffered. [Poetic]

Two pulls at once; His lady banished, and a limb lopped off. --Shak.

4. A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull.

5. The act of rowing; as, a pull on the river. [Colloq.]

6. The act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug. [Slang] --Dickens.

7. Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull. [Slang]

8. (Cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.

The pull is not a legitimate stroke, but bad cricket. --R. A. Proctor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pull

noun

1: the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you; "the pull up the hill had him breathing harder"; "his strenuous pulling strained his back" [syn: {pull}, {pulling}]

2: the force used in pulling; "the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current"

3: special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull" [syn: {pull}, {clout}]

4: a device used for pulling something; "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"

5: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull" [syn: {wrench}, {twist}, {pull}]

6: a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke); "he took a puff on his pipe"; "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly" [syn: {puff}, {drag}, {pull}]

7: a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"

verb

1: cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled" [syn: {pull}, {draw}, {force}] [ant: {force}, {push}]

2: direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers" [syn: {attract}, {pull}, {pull in}, {draw}, {draw in}] [ant: {beat back}, {drive}, {force back}, {push back}, {repel}, {repulse}]

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; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery" [syn: {perpetrate}, {commit}, {pull}]

6: bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim" [syn: {draw}, {pull}, {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; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition" [syn: {pull}, {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" [syn: {pull}, {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; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: {rend}, {rip}, {rive}, {pull}]

13: 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 the capon" [syn: {pluck}, {pull}, {tear}, {deplume}, {deplumate}, {displume}]

15: remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense; "pull weeds"; "extract a bad tooth"; "take out a splinter"; "extract information from the telegram" [syn: {extract}, {pull out}, {pull}, {pull up}, {take out}, {draw out}]

16: take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for; "We all rooted for the home team"; "I'm pulling for the underdog"; "Are you siding with the defender of the title?" [syn: {pull}, {root for}]

17: take away; "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"


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