\ ˈpu̇l-ˌəp How to pronounce pull-up (audio) \
plural pull-ups

Definition of pull-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an exercise in which one hangs by the hands from a support (such as a horizontal bar) and pulls oneself up until the chin is level with the support specifically : such an exercise done with the palms facing outward — compare chin-up

pull up

pulled up; pulling up; pulls up

Definition of pull up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to a stop : halt
2 : check, rebuke

intransitive verb

1a : to check oneself
b : to come to an often abrupt halt : stop
2 : to draw even with others in a race

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Examples of pull-up in a Sentence


the jockey tried to pull up the apparently injured horse

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One clip from security camera footage shows Mr. Smollett’s black Mercedes pulling up in an alley behind one of the brothers’ homes that afternoon. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "Jussie Smollett Case: What Do We Know, and What’s Left to Investigate?," 1 July 2019 Adams, Jacobs and Bell were outside the White Castle as two men – Vazquez and Kaiser – pulled up in an SUV. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Judge charged in White Castle fight is healing, preparing for legal battle," 1 July 2019 Walker has been the odd shooter who actually makes a higher percentage of his threes when pulling up than when spotting up. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Kemba Walker Isn't Kyrie Irving, and Maybe That's a Good Thing for the Celtics," 30 June 2019 After about an hour, a group of people, including Jones, were standing in the area when a Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "He escaped federal custody and then killed an Indianapolis DJ, police say," 28 June 2019 Some workers hacked the growth with a machete while others pulled up roots that were then beaten with a wooden club to clear the dirt. Washington Post, "Amid crisis, Haiti fights to save oil used in fine perfumes," 28 June 2019 Early Friday morning, two women were waiting outside a Hilton Head Island restaurant in Reilley’s Plaza when a dark-colored SUV pulled up. Fox News, "Two women in South Carolina mistake driver for Uber, are taken down dirt road: police," 25 June 2019 There was so much blood on the floor in their bedroom that Stef would later pull up the carpet herself and replace it. *** There are two maternal death rates in the United States: one for black mothers and one for everyone else. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al.com, "Black, poor and Southern: One of the deadliest demographics for pregnant women in America," 25 June 2019 After the driver's friend arrived, the suspect pulled up onto the scene and an argument ensued, Pinkins said. Houston Chronicle, "Road rage argument leads to fatal shooting in Spring," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of pull-up


1901, in the meaning defined above


1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of pull-up was in 1623

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English Language Learners Definition of pull-up

: an exercise in which you hold onto a bar above your head and then pull your body up until your chin is above the bar

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