\ 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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Wearing an etherial, floor-length lace cape over a simple Reem Acra gown — and with her hair pulled up into a loose bun — Cuoco matched the soft and romantic vibes of the day with a natural, glowing makeup look. refinery29.com, "Kaley Cuoco Wore $46 Worth Of Drugstore Makeup On Her Wedding Day," 2 July 2018 The coastal Sicilian town pulled up millions of responses in a Google search. Courtney Tanner, The Christian Science Monitor, "BYU students track down families of MIA soldiers," 29 June 2018 On a recent afternoon in her office, Flaherty pulled up Zaia’s electronic file and began clicking through the details. Eric Boodman, STAT, "It’s not ‘all in your head’: When other doctors give up on patients, a boundary-breaking neurologist treats them," 19 June 2018 Getty Images Yup, people are pulling up receipts from Grande's June 2 performance at Wango Tango to prove that the singer is already sporting her ring. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Looks Like Ariana Grande Just Confirmed She's Engaged to Pete Davidson," 12 June 2018 The romantic hairstyle isn’t one Meghan typically goes for — the future princess bride has often been seen either wearing her hair simply down with soft, effortless waves or pulled up into a low-hanging, slightly messy bun. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Debuts New Half-Up Hairstyle (and Possible Haircut!) During Wedding Preparations," 17 May 2018 Myers pulled up halfway into the paint for a floater and drew a foul on Auburn's Desean Murray. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Auburn's Anfernee McLemore Stretchered Off Court After Horrific Ankle Injury," 17 Feb. 2018 The critics may complain, but the market remains robust, with no signs of companies pulling up stakes. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Battle to Find a New Berlin Film Festival Director," 13 Feb. 2018 The man was near the intersection of Washington and Temple streets when a dark sedan with two men inside pulled up next to him, police said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Two men arrested in car vandalism spree in Whitman," 14 July 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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