\ˈpu̇l-ˌəp \

Definition of pull-up 

(Entry 1 of 2)

pull 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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In his office, DeGraba pulls up a set of slides to show me what this means for patients. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 The mother of three’s hair was pulled up in a half ponytail. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Wears a Sexy Catsuit While Supporting Husband Kanye West at Nas' Listening Party," 15 June 2018 According to police, the man pulled up in a car and approached the girl about 5:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of South Overton Avenue. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Man who exposed himself to 10-year-old girl is sought by Independence police," 14 June 2018 Almonte allegedly pulled up in a black Honda SUV at 5 p.m. and fired into the truck. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Haverhill man ordered held without bail in drive-by murder," 4 June 2018 The plane carrying the three Americans pulled up in front of the giant flag. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why John McCain opposes Gina Haspel leading the CIA — and why it matters," 10 May 2018 Johnson testified that Simpson and a second unidentified suspect pulled up in a grey Honda, according to Toney's girlfriend, who was outside smoking at the time. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "ID still sought for 2nd suspect in triple shooting that killed 1, paralyzed another," 20 Apr. 2018 On a recent morning, a white S.U.V. pulled up in front of the building housing the largest Indian office of the ride-hailing company Uber, and out climbed Dara Khosrowshahi, the company’s new C.E.O. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "At Uber, a New C.E.O. Shifts Gears," 30 Mar. 2018 About five miles east on Interstate-494, a black SUV pulls up in front of an airport Courtyard Marriott. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "Alshon Jeffery Played Through a Torn Rotator Cuff on Sundays Because of What He Did on Fridays," 23 Feb. 2018

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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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