\ 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

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 Users can enter a specific location to pull up AQI data and a five-day air quality forecast. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Aug. 2021 Just remove the cap (pull up; don't twist), pop The Poppy on, and you're set. Marissa Wu, Southern Living, 7 July 2021 Insert the needle straight down through the cork and once in, a press of the button and a gentle pull up releases the cork. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 When a user decides to create a profile, the Show will recognize them through its camera and automatically pull up the appropriate widgets or personal notes. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 With another Route 127 Yard Sale in the books, vendors began to pack up their unsold wares, fold up card tables, and pull up tent stakes. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2021 The restaurant also offers the App-Thru service for customers to order their meals, pull up to the App-Thru window, give their name, and receive their food. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 21 July 2021 Grab a shaker, pour your favorite liquor in a high ball glass, and pull up one of these barstools to make your kitchen or counter feel like a speakeasy. Chris Hachey, BGR, 6 July 2021 The Wings had their best quarter of the game and didn't pull up. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 26 June 2021

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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 15 Oct. 2021.

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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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