\ 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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Shades pull up to allow for privacy at night, LED lighting keeps the mood right, and a rear cabinet area allows for even more storage. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This Westfalia camper van is giving us 1950s-diner vibes," 1 Oct. 2018 You either pull up on the chuck sleeve to insert a bit or you just slip the bit into the chuck. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Cordless Drill/Driver vs Impact Driver: Which Do You Need?," 24 Jan. 2019 The roots of some of this ambition may still be too far underground to try to pull up quite yet. Zoë Ghertner, Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon: Activist, Advocate, Hollywood’s Moral Compass," 10 Jan. 2019 Then the system pretended to pull up real energy opinion data from the subjects' home county. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "You think your neighbors can drive energy conservation," 18 Sep. 2018 With his magical fishhook, the demigod pulled up the islands from the ocean floor. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "Stargazing summer," 5 July 2018 Fortunately, horse and rider were able to pull up in time, but not before Ramos blistered them with some choice words. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Britain to Bandera: A horsewoman’s journey from uppercrust to working class," 20 Feb. 2018 In the accompanying video, the Younger star appears to have pulled up alongside the accused pap's car in a parking lot to ask him to stop following her. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Hilary Duff Calls Out Paparazzo for Allegedly 'Hunting Her Down'," 24 Sep. 2018 Elise Brantley: Four cars pulled up and told him to get on the ground. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Was a missing Tennessee woman murdered or did she willingly disappear?," 7 Apr. 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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