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[n] 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"
[n] a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"
[n] 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"
[n] a device used for pulling something; "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"
[n] special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
[n] the force used in pulling; "the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current"
[n] a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
[v] strain abnormally; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"
[v] 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?"
[v] take away; "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"
[v] cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
[v] draw or pull out, 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"
[v] strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"
[v] baseball: hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing; "pull the ball"
[v] direct toward itself or oneself; "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"
[v] tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"
[v] 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 kneees towards your chin"
[v] rein in to keep from winning a race; "pull a horse"
[v] operate when rowing a boat; "pull the oars"
[v] 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"
[v] steer into a certain direction; of a vehicle; "pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"
[v] move into a certain direction; of a car; "The van pulled up"
[v] 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"
[v] perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"

Misc. Definitions

\Pull\, v. t. [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.
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. 1
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}, n.,
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.
\Pull\, v. i. 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.
\Pull\, n.
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.

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