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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

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 Local residents helped her paint the tin ceiling tiles and pull up old carpet before Lela’s Bakery and Coffeehouse opened this month. Gwynn Guilford And Charity L. Scott, WSJ, "Is It Insane to Start a Business During Coronavirus? Millions of Americans Don’t Think So.," 26 Sep. 2020 My almost 4 year old refuses to go anywhere but his pull up. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 16 Sep. 2020 The Illinois Racing Board approved 68 days of thoroughbred horse racing at Arlington International Racecourse next year, despite concerns the track’s owner, Churchill Downs, may pull up stakes. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois racing board grants 2021 race dates to Arlington International despite uncertainty over track’s future," 16 Sep. 2020 Leave ya church clothes on all Sunday and pull up to the affair of all affairs. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Soul Legends Gladys Knight & Patti LaBelle Set for Next 'Verzuz' Battle," 8 Sep. 2020 Many of the company’s customer-service workers have Okta on their phones for the first time in order to securely pull up customer information while working remotely. Nico Grant, Bloomberg.com, "Remote-Work Boom Mints Another Internet Billionaire," 28 Aug. 2020 Everything is supposed to be multiplied by a factor of 2.7 to arrive at full-season stats, but few fans have the patience to pull up calculators on their phones and run numbers every time a player does something that looks statistically interesting. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: No-hitter a reminder of what we might have missed," 26 Aug. 2020 Loudoun extended school WiFi to its parking lots, then invited families to pull up and begin learning in their cars this fall. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Back to school, but not ‘back to normal’: Students and teachers in Northern Virginia launch online learning," 8 Sep. 2020 With that, a new kind of drive-through — in which cars pull up to rows of cafeteria tables in school play yards — became a feature of the Bay Area landscape. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area public schools struggling to respond to next big health crisis: hungry kids," 14 June 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 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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