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Definition of PULL

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Pull \Pull\, v. i.
     To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope. [1913 Webster]

     {To pull apart}, to become separated by pulling; as, a rope will pull apart.

     {To pull up}, to draw the reins; to stop; to halt.

     {To pull through}, to come successfully to the end of a difficult undertaking, a dangerous sickness, or the like. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pull \Pull\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pulled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pulling}.] [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]
     1. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly. [1913 Webster]

              Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows.  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in.
                                                    --Gen. viii.
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     2. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
        [1913 Webster]

              He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate.     --Lam. iii.
                                                    11. [1913 Webster]

     3. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch. [1913 Webster]

     4. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Horse Racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Print.) To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. See {Pull}, n., 8. [1913 Webster]

              Never pull a straight fast ball to leg. --R. H. Lyttelton. [1913 Webster]

     {To pull and haul}, to draw hither and thither. " Both are equally pulled and hauled to do that which they are unable to do. " --South.

     {To pull down}, to demolish; to destroy; to degrade; as, to pull down a house. " In political affairs, as well as mechanical, it is easier to pull down than build up."
        --Howell. " To raise the wretched, and pull down the proud." --Roscommon.

     {To pull a finch}. See under {Finch}.

     {To pull off}, take or draw off.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pull \Pull\, n.
     1. The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one. [1913 Webster]

              I awakened with a violent pull upon the ring which was fastened at the top of my box.    --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     2. A contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull. --Carew. [1913 Webster]

     3. A pluck; loss or violence suffered. [Poetic] [1913 Webster]

              Two pulls at once;
              His lady banished, and a limb lopped off. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull. [1913 Webster]

     5. The act of rowing; as, a pull on the river. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

     6. The act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug. [Slang] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

     7. Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

     8. (Cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side. [1913 Webster]

              The pull is not a legitimate stroke, but bad cricket.                              --R. A. Proctor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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