To pull off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To pull off take or draw off.
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Usage

In literature:

By pulling the off rein of the leaders with all his strength, he was able to turn them out of the road.
"Marco Paul's Voyages and Travels; Vermont" by Jacob Abbott
Inspired by this truth he attempts to pull off an awkward losing hazard.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, July 25, 1917" by Various
His Lordship had pulled off his spectacles to wipe them.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
He stood up and allowed her to help him pull it off.
"Night Watches" by W.W. Jacobs
Rowena's father was pulling off his boots, which with us then, was the signal that he was going to bed.
"Vandemark's Folly" by Herbert Quick
Arcane had a hard time of it to keep the brush from pulling George and Melissa off of Old Crump into the water.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
His first work was to pull off and utterly destroy every vestige of blossom and bud.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
He pulled off one or two of the petals, and held it out to me.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
He was looking round for a waterman to pull him off, when something cold touched his hand.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
When he had got his hands free by pulling the sleeves of his old coat off inside out, he used his hands to pull the last of it over his head.
"The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad" by Thornton W. Burgess
We've got to pull this thing off somehow or other.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
So she proceeded to pull off her stockings unalarmed.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
Madame Taverneau, who is not a sylph, hung with all her weight to Alfred's arm, and what surprises me is that she did not pull it off.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
There they began to pull off their lower garments, and Bob saw that most of them were drenched from the waist down.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
I've knowed a arrerhead to pull off an' stay in when the sinew wroppin's got loose from soakin'.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
It was then that Harriet sprang down and casting off the rowboat pulled to their rescue.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Afloat" by Janet Aldridge
I am too stiff to move, and this brute will pull my head off.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 1, July 17, 1841" by Various
Mason pulled a splinter from a corral rail and began to snap off little bits with his fingers.
"The Uphill Climb" by B. M. Bower
Time and again he pulled himself together, only the next instant to catch himself dozing off again.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Charles pulled off one of his boots "to give him more ease" and struck him in the face with it.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
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In poetry:

She pull-ed off her gown of green,
And put on ragged attire,
And to fair London she would go
Her true love to inquire.
"The Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington" by Henry Morley
A thousand vines were climbing o'er
The hedge, I thought, but as I tried
To pull them down, for evermore
The flowers dropt off the other side!
"A Dream" by Alice Cary
PULL off thy shoes, and make thy garments white,
And sanctify thyself, ere thou dost dare
Approach the throne of the dread Sire of light
In his own house, to offer up thy pray'r.
"Advice To Prepare Ourselves, Before We Come To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
And, pray, what is't to you or me
Where any parson's breeches be?
Or, should they hang about his heels,
It is not you, but he, who feels;
Nay, e'en to pull them off was naught,
The evil lies in being caught.
"The Ant" by William Hutton
Oh a deal of pains he's taken and a pretty price he's paid
To hide his poll or dye it of a mentionable shade;
But they've pulled the beggar's hat off for the world to see and stare,
And they're taking him to justice for the color of his hair.
"XVIII: Oh Who Is That Young Sinner with the Handcuffs on his Wrists" by A E Housman

In news:

But not every woman is built to pull off this hot trend.
I recently pulled off a cover photo shoot with my ex, convincing her to do it in her underwear.
Think you're a few sizes too big to pull off that designer dress.
Officers say they tried to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation, but the driver took off.
When she refused, the driver pulled the bus over and told her to get off.
We're happy to see these two pull off such a festive look.
It's not an easy polarity to pull off, but Clement, director Richard Jay Simon, and Mosaic 's design team do.
Chicago intends to do what no American city even remotely its size has ever pulled off – get a municipal broadband network built.
If you want to pull it off at work, here are some strategies to make it work without disturbing the unenlightened.
This gathering is a cinch to pull off.
But Tulsa's offense was simply too inconsistent to pull off yet another road win to open the year, as the Golden Hurricane fell to 3-3 in its last six openers , all on the road.
The University of Hawaii women's volleyball team remained undefeated in Big West Conference play on Saturday night, but needed a huge rally to pull it off against Pacific at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Last year, President, CEO and founder Tony Jimenez said his IT firm might be able to pull off a third win in a row.
It might be time to pull them out of the closet and dust them off.
Ryan's Medicare plan would be tricky to pull off.
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In science:

However, could, instead, M32’s surface brightness profile be so disturbed that the outer exponential envelope is actually due to material pulled off from what was once a one-component r1/4 (i.e. n = 4) elliptical galaxy? This scenario appears unlikely for the following reasons.
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32
In this paper our aim is to study the phase diagram of a directed polymer which is adsorbed on a wall in a random environment and pulled by a force at one end to unzip it off the wall, keeping the other end fixed.
Unzipping an adsorbed polymer in a dirty or random environment
Pt atom pulls Ti5c slightly up out of the surface plane by 0.15 ˚A, and also draws O1 off the bridging oxygen row so that the bond length between this oxygen and Ti6c extends to 2.04 ˚A from its bare surface value of 1.88 ˚A [in Table I].
A theoretical analysis of small Pt particles on rutile TiO$_2$(110) surfaces
STB node pulled down to GND by NMOS access transistor, and therefore the drive transistor will be OFF, and ST node will be floated and then pulled up to voltage of BL (VDD) by leakage current (most of this current is sub-threshold current) of PMOS access transistor, and thus load transistor will be OFF.
Design and modelling of different SRAM's based on CNTFET 32nm technology
To determine the dominant behavior, we substitute (2.2) into (1.2) and pull off the exponents of g (x) (see Table 1).
Symbolic algorithms for the Painleve test, special solutions, and recursion operators for nonlinear PDEs
Next, to compute the degree of the polynomial solution(s), substitute U (T ) = T M1 into (3.14) and pull off the exponents of T (see Table 4).
Symbolic algorithms for the Painleve test, special solutions, and recursion operators for nonlinear PDEs
The mission is very challenging —as an ESA Cornerstone should be —but the team shows all the signs that it will be able to pull this off.
Concluding Remarks: Gaia and Astrophysics in 2015-2020
The detectors are required to move on and off beamline quickly and reproducibly (“push-pull”).
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
The less correlated data sets are created by raising the correlation matrix to powers 10, 20, 40 and 80, effectively pulling the off-diagonal elements of the correlation matrix towards zero.
Genome-wide association studies with high-dimensional phenotypes
Such a change to D therefore has the effect of pulling off a Hopf band from R.
Homogeneous links, Seifert surfaces, digraphs and the reduced Alexander polynomial
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