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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

Verb the jockey tried to pull up the apparently injured horse
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the drive-through voting, people pull up, show their driver’s licenses to town workers in protective gear and vote with thumbs up or down. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Without clear state guidance, Connecticut towns consider how to hold budget votes during coronavirus pandemic," 24 Feb. 2021 Our library in Waldport, Ore., used the drive-through window of an old bank building through last spring and summer, where patrons were able to pull up and pick up their items (including summer reading giveaways with books and Take & Make kits). New York Times, "Public Libraries, Life Without Parole and Other Letters to the Editor," 19 Feb. 2021 That helped pull up the Nasdaq as other tech names also jumped on predictions of an economic rebound in 2021. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Jan. 21-27, 2021," 6 Feb. 2021 Affluent and ultra-affluent buyers have substantially increased as a percentage of sales since the pandemic began, helping pull up the median prices to record highs for the region as well. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Luxury home sales are skyrocketing in the Bay Area right now. The pandemic helps explain why," 9 Dec. 2020 In the battle with Amazon, Walmart has long said its stores are its advantage, but in recent years, Amazon has built smaller satellite locations where its trucks can pull up for thousands of items that customers regularly order. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart is going local to speed up online orders from its stores," 27 Jan. 2021 Finally, pull up a comfortable chair, have a beer, and relax. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build This Marble-Top Coffee Table," 16 Jan. 2021 Seconds later, Oubre raced down the right side, only to pull up and find a trailing Curry. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ avalanche of assists recalls title teamwork," 4 Jan. 2021 For centuries, diggers have tromped into the woods in this part of the country to pull up ginseng roots and sell them for $500 to $1,000 per pound to middleman buyers, who in turn sell them to China, where ginseng is prized as a curative. Emily Cataneo, Wired, "A Plan to Save Appalachia's Wild Ginseng," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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“Pull-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pull-up. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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