pull up short

Definition of pull up short

  1. :  to suddenly stop what one is doing I had to slam on the brakes when the car in front of me pulled up short. He began to answer her question and then pulled up short.

Word by Word Definitions

pullplay
  1. :  to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force

    :  to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly

    :  to strain abnormally

  1. :  the act or an instance of pulling

    :  a draft of liquid

    :  an inhalation of smoke

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

shortplay
  1. :  having little length

    :  not tall or high :  low

    :  not extended in time :  brief

  1. :  in a curt manner

    :  for or during a brief time

    :  at a disadvantage :  unawares

  1. :  the sum and substance :  upshot

    :  a short syllable

    :  a short sound or signal

  1. :  short-circuit

    :  shortchange, cheat

    :  to sell (a security) short in expectation of a fall in prices


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