pull in


Definition of pull in

intransitive verb

: to arrive at a destination or come to a stop

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Examples of pull in in a Sentence

a company that cannot manage to pull in costs will not be in business for very long he was pulled in after a random traffic stop turned up drugs in his car

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After launching in August of 2017, HQ routinely pulled in more than one million viewers per game, sometimes twice per day. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed it to the brink," 5 Nov. 2018 Floor-to-ceiling windows pull in lots of natural daylight, at least in the summer. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Koto prefab cabins are the definition of sleek Scandinavian style," 5 Sep. 2018 At smaller startups, where people absolutely need to be pulling in the same direction, OKRs are a survival tool. John Doerr, WIRED, "When John Doerr Brought a ‘Gift’ to Google’s Founders," 24 Apr. 2018 One trigger pull in an unmodified rifle fires off one round. J.p. Lawrence, San Antonio Express-News, "Florida shooter used an AR-15 military style rifle," 15 Feb. 2018 In a 90-second unbroken take, the camera slowly pulls in on Darren Criss’ face as Cunanan starts to cry, seemingly understanding for a brief moment that Madson may not be coming back. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace Episode 4 Introduces the Unrequited Love of Andrew Cunanan's Life," 8 Feb. 2018 Udall, a staunch proponent of a pathway to citizenship, pulled in 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to Latino Decisions, a polling firm based in Seattle. Laura Colarusso, Newsweek, "On Immigration, Nobody Is Winning," 10 Nov. 2014 Asia-Pacific markets diverged in July, pulled in different directions by a stronger dollar, actual or prospective policy shifts in Japan and China, and concern about worsening trade tensions. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Southeast Asian Markets Rebound in July," 31 July 2018 And now ACG’s business is booming, with the firm signing a raft of new clients and pulling in $12.55 million last year. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: 'Those people are getting paid:' Cohen's side work highlights how Trump allies are refilling swamp," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of pull in

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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13 Mar 2019

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The first known use of pull in was in 1605

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