pull off


pulled off; pulling off; pulls off

transitive verb

: to carry out despite difficulties : accomplish successfully against odds
the team pulled off an upset

Examples of pull off in a Sentence

the rebel forces pulled off a surprisingly successful offensive against the better equipped government troops
Recent Examples on the Web But Metro officials are expressing more worry, saying existing federal grants won’t come close to the amount needed to pull off another L.A. traffic miracle. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Taking the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a bold new visual direction has worked out phenomenally for Paramount in the past, but the studio’s next experiment with the characters feels like something that’s going to be tricky as hell to pull off well. Charles Pulliam-Moore, The Verge, 11 Apr. 2024 Berti was on the field with the Marlins at loanDepot park for their final team workout before Opening Day when he was pulled off the field. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 10 Apr. 2024 With the nation watching, she’s pulled off memorable style moments featuring pieces by Louis Vuitton, R13, and Gucci to name a few brands. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 8 Apr. 2024 In the south delta, endangered fish are pulled off traditional migratory paths between high-elevation waters and the San Francisco Bay by the powerful state and federal pumps, which change the direction of the rivers’ current. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 8 Apr. 2024 That said, in Erie the rain looks to be spotty with breaks in the clouds to pull off some views of the total eclipse. Eric Henderson, CBS News, 6 Apr. 2024 Amy Winehouse, Alexa Chung and Victoria Beckham all technically gave us the skinny on how to navigate denim’s slimline silhouette, but no one pulled off drainpipes quite like Kate, who made them–against all odds–look completely effortless. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 3 Apr. 2024 And a group of students wanted to pull off a unique prank. Katrina Michalak, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pull off was in 1883

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“Pull off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pull%20off. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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