\ 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


the jockey tried to pull up the apparently injured horse

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Reed was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of South Meadowbrook Drive and Skyline Drive when a car Widman was riding in pulled up behind him, according to Colby. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man who fatally shot ex-girlfriend in Skyline sentenced to 16 years in prison," 9 Aug. 2019 Evans plays Ari Levinson, a maverick Mossad agent who obsessively does pull ups everywhere and storms into danger like an avenging angel. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "Netflix sinks to a low with 'Red Sea Diving Resort'," 1 Aug. 2019 The carpet was partially pulled up, Ainsworth remembered, and the stench from the fire still lingered in it. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Fire and fraud: The mystery of a small Texas bank that became the nation's first failure in years," 21 July 2019 One of the first items the pair pull up is a British Mills Bomb hand grenade, followed by an entrenching tool, and another big find is German MG15 machine gun left largely intact. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Dutch 'Magnet Fishermen' Catch a WWII Assault Rifle," 16 July 2019 At this point, the Lionesses turned it on - pulled up their socks and went about business, albeit probably 20 minutes too late. SI.com, "Women's World Cup: Anticlimactic End to England's Campaign Must Not Overshadow Lionesses Progress," 6 July 2019 One after another, cars passing through the intersection pulled up, real slow. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Throwing down: How this potter from Kensington found fine art success," 26 June 2018 When Dana Fullerton pulls up to the McDonald’s drive-through, a collection of metal stakes and white, plastic signs rattle in the back of her red Ford Escape. Ceili Doyle, chicagotribune.com, "12-year-old’s suicide inspires grandma to launch ‘Don’t Give Up’ campaign," 30 July 2019 In the clip, a red sports car pulls up to our lead characters. Clark Collis, EW.com, "'He came with a big rubber nose': The untold story behind that insane Nicolas Cage viral clip," 27 July 2019

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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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