pull off

Definitions

  • Joan is pulled off the battlefield by some of her men
    Joan is pulled off the battlefield by some of her men
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pull off pull or pull out sharply "pluck the flowers off the bush"
    • v pull off remove by drawing or pulling "She placed the tray down and drew off the cloth","draw away the cloth that is covering the cheese"
    • v pull off cause to withdraw "We pulled this firm off the project because they overcharged"
    • v pull off be successful; achieve a goal "She succeeded in persuading us all","I managed to carry the box upstairs","She pulled it off, even though we never thought her capable of it","The pianist negociated the difficult runs"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Pennsylvania: "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes."
    • Pull off to carry anything through successfully
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Quotations

  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.”

Idioms

Wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding - If something isn't powerful: This bus wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pullian; conn. with Low Ger. pulen, to pluck.

Usage

In literature:

The Captain was pulling off his overcoat.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
According to custom, the young man pulled off his moccasins and leggings, and hung them before the fire to dry.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Hearing this we immediately chartered a boat, pulled off to her, and interviewed the captain.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
Again I raced, pulled up, leaped off, and fired.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
They had not got more than a few hundred yards off, when Baldwin Burr, who pulled one of the oars, uttered an exclamation.
"Philosopher Jack" by R.M. Ballantyne
Think how it would feel if you pulled it off!
"The Woman in Black" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
You can survive there just by pulling fruit off a tree.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
I began pulling off the mits.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Jean took one oar, the sailor seized the other and they pulled off.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
Savagely the young man pulled off his coat and approached the dummy-chucker.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
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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
Then he pulled out his sword and cut off me coat buttons
Them buttons fell 'clink' on the floor;
But when he hegan on me trousers I said,
'Don't lower me prestige any more.'
"Sam Drummed Out" by Weston and Lee
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
You grinnèn fool! why I'd zet thee a-blowèn,
If thou wast wi' me vor a day a-mowèn.
I'd wear my cwoat, an' thou midst pull thy rags off,
An' then in half a zwath I'd mow thy lags off.
"Eclogue:--The Best Man In The Vield" by William Barnes
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

In news:

Hundreds of Seaside Heights dwellers whose cars and boats were pulled off the streets by APK Towing of Toms River can get them back for free starting Wednesday.
"I don't think it took a rocket scientist " to pull off that Cruz missile.
As we learned on 'Today' this morning, he can also pull off dance moves that require agility and strength.
Maybe the polls are wrong, and John McCain is about to pull off the biggest election upset in American history.
It's not going to happen, but three prominent liberal feminists recently published an editorial on CNN, which lobbied for Rush Limbaugh's show to be pulled off the air.
COLLEGE STATION – Should No 22 Texas A&M pull off another close victory on Saturday night against No 23 Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, the Aggies will again celebrate like crazy in the locker room.
Saviour High School pulls off repeat win.
No one thought the under dog could pull off a victory but in the end Foxy Shazam "I Like It" took out Slash "You're A Lie".
And it would actually be a very difficult trick to pull off on a globe-spanning scale.
A high school baseball player in Tupelo, Mississippi pulled off a ridiculous slide to score the tying run in a game last Thursday.
I figured you guys would want a taste of the sexy versions of the costumes the fat chicks around here try to pull off.
With the Kerry camp endeavoring to link the anti-Kerry ads to the President and his supporters, Bush yesterday praised the Democratic nominee's war record and called for "all" soft-money ads to be pulled off the air.
ROSEVILLE _ With roughly 50 seconds remaining in the game, the Rocklin girls varsity water polo team scored to pull off a 7-6 victory over Sonora in the Woodcreek Tournament last weekend.
Researchers from the University of Florida found that the spiny mouse loses up to 60 percent of its skin if pulled off but that the skin is rapidly regenerated.
Patton pulls off a squeaker .
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In science:

If the same level 1 element appears in both factorizations, it can be pulled off, and we can apply the argument of the even case, above.
Bounds on generators and relations for the algebra of $SL_2(\C)$ conformal blocks
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
The constants of integration at level j are found by substituting (2.5) into (1.2), where rMax = 12, and pulling off the coefficients of g j (x).
Symbolic algorithms for the Painleve test, special solutions, and recursion operators for nonlinear PDEs
As in the previous example, the constants of integration at level j are found by substituting (2.5) into (1.3) and pulling off the coefficients of g j (x).
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
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