pull off

verb

Definition of pull off

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

Examples of pull off in a Sentence

  1. the rebel forces pulled off a surprisingly successful offensive against the better equipped government troops

First Known Use of pull off

1883

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