\ 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

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 Moments later, a red vehicle pulls up alongside him and armed gunmen men leap out, firing rapidly from close range. Fox News, "Mexican cop involved in botched operation against ‘El Chapo’s son gunned down in hail of 155 bullets," 9 Nov. 2019 On the way to the Carrier Dome before BC’s 58-27 victory over Syracuse on Saturday, Dillon pulled up a video on mental toughness. BostonGlobe.com, "SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Being the top priority on every opponent’s scouting report has almost always been a way of life for AJ Dillon.," 3 Nov. 2019 Jockey Abel Cedillo, who was aboard Mongolian Groom, pulled up the horse on the final stretch. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Vino Rosso charges past favorite McKinzie to win Breeders' Cup Classic; Mongolian Groom euthanized," 3 Nov. 2019 After a short wait a jeep pulled up and a heavyset, smiling driver beckoned them with a broad, pantomine gesture. Kevin Barry, Harper's magazine, "No. 13 Baby," 28 Oct. 2019 Bennett pulled up a photo of a school wall of pictures of nearly 50 students who had died during his time as dean from the 2006-2007 school year to the 2015-2016 school year. Elaine Chen, chicagotribune.com, "Hyde Park Academy teachers on picket line mourn death of recent graduate," 28 Oct. 2019 Kate pulled up a series of TikToks on a large screen. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "High Schools to TikTok: We’re Catching Feelings," 19 Oct. 2019 According to a statement from track owner The Stronach Group, jockey Ruben Fuentes pulled up Satchel Paige at the three-eighths pole of the 6 1/2-furlong sprint. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Horse injured in race at Santa Anita; 34th to die at track," 19 Oct. 2019 The Spaniard pulled up after kicking the ball during Spain's 1-1 draw with Sweden and hobbled off the field, with Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga coming on to replace him. SI.com, "David de Gea Set to Miss Liverpool Clash as Man Utd Fear 2 Month Absence," 16 Oct. 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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