pull-up

noun
\ 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

verb
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

Her wavy blonde hair was pulled up into a high bun with two strands dangling on either side of her face. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Wears a Teeny-Tiny Mugler Dress While Promoting X-Men: Dark Phoenix," 26 Apr. 2019 To accentuate and define your jaw, elongate your body and neck by imagining you’re being pulled up by a string attached to the top of your head. New York Times, "How to Pose for a Photograph," 30 May 2018 Unfortunately, the men are attacked by the wights, and Daenarys and her dragons pull up to help. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "This Is How Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' Ended," 13 Apr. 2019 Auburn-Carolina was the track meet everyone anticipated from the opening tip, the only difference that the Tar Heels preferred to go to the basket while the Tigers kept pulling up for 3s. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Hot-shooting Auburn upsets No. 1 North Carolina 97-80," 30 Mar. 2019 Steel-laden trucks waited in line along the narrow streets of the Financial District to pull up with when a flag signaled their turn. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Between open-plan spaces that merge the eating and living spaces and the ubiquitous kitchen island that begs pulling up a chair, the kitchen has never been more the heart of the home. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "5 Renovation Secrets That Pay Off, According to an Expert Home Stager," 26 Feb. 2019 One officer suggested to investigators that Finch may have been pulling up his pants. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Wichita cop won't face charges for fatally shooting innocent man in swatting hoax," 12 Apr. 2018 By the end of the show, they were pulled up on stage to be doused with confetti and pose for pics. Elisa Murray, The Seattle Times, "Leapin’ lizards! We leaped through 3 family holiday shows, from ‘Annie’ to ‘Matilda’ to ‘Wonderland’," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of pull-up

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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pull-up

noun

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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