pull at

phrasal verb

pulled at; pulling at; pulls at
: to hold onto and pull (something) repeatedly
When she gets nervous, she pulls at her ear.
: to breathe in the smoke from (a cigarette, pipe, etc.)
He rocked back and forth, pulling at his pipe.

Examples of pull at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one corner, a muscular white-and-brown mutt pulled at a chain leash, baring sharp teeth. Jorge C. Carrasco, New York Times, 30 May 2024 Day after day, investigators pulled at the Jungle veil. Photographs Todd Heisler, New York Times, 19 May 2024 Finch said the offer was essentially pulled at the school board meeting originally meant to confirm the hiring. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 11 May 2024 Neutrality is, however, firmly rooted in the Swiss psyche and ditching it would be akin to Britain abolishing the monarchy, regardless of the geopolitical forces pulling at the country, said former ambassador Woker. Fox News, 10 May 2024 Setting The Searcher and The Hunter far from Dublin, out among the boggy wilds and muddy farms of Ireland’s west coast, pulls at a different aspect of the country’s economic decline. Hillary Kelly, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2024 Neurotic and self-deprecating, typically dressed all in black, Mr. Lewis paced the stages of comedy clubs, hanging his head, pulling at his shock of black hair, riffing on his struggles in life and love. Clay Risen, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 Having to keep your legs crossed, constantly adjusting your position in the chair or pulling at your hem will distract you and chip away at your confidence. Jane Hanson, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The actual blossoms Marvin: The general rule is we are not allowed to really pluck and touch and pull at and tug at the cherry blossoms. Matt McClain, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024

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“Pull at.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pull%20at. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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