: force required to overcome resistance to pulling
a trigger with a four pound pull
: a competition in which a heavily weighted sled is pulled by participants usually using draft animals or machines
a tractor pull
the county fair's annual ox pull
The truck pull may be one one of the machine age's weirdest mutations. Modified pickup trucks and dragsters are hooked to trailers or "sleds" weighed down with 30,000 to 40,000 pounds … They rev up their engines and slog their way across a 200-foot mud track.
He pulled the door open and ran out.
The cat will scratch you if you keep pulling its tail.
Make a knot in the rope and pull it tight. Pull the baby's chair closer to the table.
She pulled the blanket over her head.
We tried pushing and pulling but couldn't get the couch to move.
Grab the end of the rope and pull as hard as you can.
We spent the morning in the garden pulling weeds.
I accidentally pulled one of the buttons off my shirt.
He pulled the plug out of the socket. Noun
She gave the door a few hard pulls and it opened.
Give the rope a pull.
He has a lot of pull in local political circles. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Brands began to pull together resources to support refugees.—Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 The 13-minute performance will likely call for a healthy dose of vibrant, colored lighting to pull it all together.—Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 10 Feb. 2023 The right swimsuit coverup is lightweight, offers a comfortable range of motion yet looks flattering against your body, and is really what's going to pull your beach ensemble together.—Town & Country, 9 Feb. 2023 The moment is stunning and disarming, sounding as if Warwick caught herself off-guard with her own ability to suddenly pull her emotions together, and leaving you jelly in Bacharach and David’s hands for the rest of the song.—Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2023 During the event, Riley wore black boots, a black dress, held a black and gold bag, and rocked a pair of massive gold hoops to pull it all together.—Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2023 As ghosts, fate and the sheer power of true love pull Nicholas and Isabel together, so too does life threaten to tear them apart.—Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2023 With goodwill and strong efforts, the 164 members of the WTO can find a way to pull together and move toward a better place.—Alan Wolff, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2023 As for her makeup, the Batman Begins alum wore bold eyeliner and a mauve lip color to pull everything together.—Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 19 Jan. 2023
For peace of mind while roaming around after dark or in nerve-wracking situations, the 115-decibel alarm can be heard as far away as 600 feet away and is quickly accessed by the pull of a cord.—Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2023 In 1964, Colt introduced the semi-automatic civilian version, which fired a single shot with each trigger pull, marketing it as a sporting rifle.—James Bandler, ProPublica, 21 Nov. 2023 The heart of your brand, translated into words, can be the magnetic pull that brings customers into your orbit.—Christian Anderson (trust'n), Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2023 Jamal Peter Le Blanc, a Replika user and a senior policy analyst at ICANN, described the paradoxical pull of intimacy with a machine.—Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Though Davis may not have fired the gun on Shakur himself, his say-so would have authorized the trigger pull, authorities have said.—Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 2 Nov. 2023 The gravitational pull of a massive celestial body can also deflect the radio waves, a process called gravitational lensing.—WIRED, 25 Oct. 2023 This wrestling with how to build a life in spite of the pull that loss exerts on us is Annis’s bildungsroman, the story of her spiritual education.—Imani Perry, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 The district court sided with the federal government and determined that bump stocks allow more than one shot to be fired by a single pull of the trigger.—Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 3 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English pullian; akin to Middle Low German pulen to shell, cull