pull-up

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noun

plural pull-ups
: 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

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verb

pulled up; pulling up; pulls up

transitive verb

1
: to bring to a stop : halt
2

intransitive verb

1
a
: to check oneself
b
: to come to an often abrupt halt : stop
2
: to draw even with others in a race

Example Sentences

Verb the jockey tried to pull up the apparently injured horse
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Two bystanders run to the suspect and lie on him as two other deputies pull up to the scene. Kevin Rectorstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2023 Crews have also been drilling and softening the surrounding soil to attempt – so far without success -- to pull up the concrete pillar. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 2 Jan. 2023 But that swagger and ability to dribble free from the defender to pull up for shots returned. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 29 Dec. 2022 There’s not much to dislike about this pull up bar alternative, other than the price. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 25 Nov. 2022 The plan is to station Starship and eventually other companies’ landers in orbit around the moon, ready for use whenever new Orion crews pull up. Dallas News, 16 Nov. 2022 The plan is to station Starship and eventually other companies’ landers in orbit around the moon, ready for use whenever new Orion crews pull up. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2022 The plan is to station Starship and eventually other companies' landers in orbit around the moon, ready for use whenever new Orion crews pull up. Marcia Dunn, ajc, 16 Nov. 2022 The changes can become clear as soon as the scientists pull up their nets. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pull-up was in 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Pull-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pull-up. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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