• "The mule pulled the string of the bell."
    "The mule pulled the string of the bell."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pull strain abnormally "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up","The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"
    • v pull take away "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"
    • v pull take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for "We all rooted for the home team","I'm pulling for the underdog","Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
    • v pull remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense "pull weeds","extract a bad tooth","take out a splinter","extract information from the telegram"
    • v pull strip of feathers "pull a chicken","pluck the capon"
    • v pull hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing "pull the ball"
    • v pull cause to move by pulling "draw a wagon","pull a sled"
    • v pull direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes "Her good looks attract the stares of many men","The ad pulled in many potential customers","This pianist pulls huge crowds","The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"
    • v pull tear or be torn violently "The curtain ripped from top to bottom","pull the cooked chicken into strips"
    • v pull apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion "Pull the rope","Pull the handle towards you","pull the string gently","pull the trigger of the gun","pull your knees towards your chin"
    • v pull rein in to keep from winning a race "pull a horse"
    • v pull operate when rowing a boat "pull the oars"
    • v pull bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover "draw a weapon","pull out a gun","The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"
    • v pull steer into a certain direction "pull one's horse to a stand","Pull the car over"
    • v pull move into a certain direction "the car pulls to the right"
    • v pull cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense "A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter"
    • v pull perform an act, usually with a negative connotation "perpetrate a crime","pull a bank robbery"
    • n pull the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you "the pull up the hill had him breathing harder","his strenuous pulling strained his back"
    • n pull a sustained effort "it was a long pull but we made it"
    • n pull a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke) "he took a puff on his pipe","he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
    • n pull a device used for pulling something "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"
    • n pull special advantage or influence "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
    • n pull the force used in pulling "the pull of the moon","the pull of the current"
    • n pull a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell","he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"His playful habit of pulling out the pegs." "His playful habit of pulling out the pegs."
Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220 Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220
"I'll give him a pull that will be apt to teach him his own place." "I'll give him a pull that will be apt to teach him his own place."
The princess pulls the letter from the sleeping man's turban The princess pulls the letter from the sleeping man's turban

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1871, horse cars were introduced. It was simply a car that was pulled over a track by a horse.
    • Pull A contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull .
    • Pull (Cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side. "The pull is not a legitimate stroke, but bad cricket."
    • Pull A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull.
    • Pull A pluck; loss or violence suffered. "Two pulls at once;
      His lady banished, and a limb lopped off."
    • Pull Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull .
    • Pull The act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug.
    • Pull The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one. "I awakened with a violent pull upon the ring which was fastened at the top of my box."
    • Pull The act of rowing; as, a pull on the river.
    • Pull To draw apart; to tear; to rend. "He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate."
    • Pull To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly. "Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows.""He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in."
    • v. i Pull To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope.
    • Pull To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.
    • Pull (Horse Racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled .
    • Pull To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.
    • Pull (Cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. See Pull n., 8. "Never pull a straight fast ball to leg."
    • Pull (Print) To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On April 4, 1974, John Massis of Belgium pulled two New York Long Island railroad passenger cars totaling 80 tons with a thick rope, with a small bit attached, using only his teeth
    • pull To draw or try to draw forcibly or with effort; drag; haul; tug: opposed to push: generally with an adverb of direction, as up, down, on, off, out, back, etc.: as, to pull a chair back; to pull down a flag; to pull a bucket out of a well; to pull off one's coat.
    • pull To pluck; gather by hand: as, to pull flax; to pull flowers.
    • pull To draw in such a way as to rend or tear; draw apart; rip; rend: followed by some qualifying word or phrase, such as asunder, in pieces, apart: also used figuratively.
    • pull To extract; draw, as a tooth or a cork.
    • pull To agitate, move, or propel by tugging, rowing, etc.: as, to pull a bell; to pull a boat.
    • pull To transport by rowing: as, to pull a passenger across the bay.
    • pull In printing, to produce on a printing-press worked by hand; hence, to take or obtain by impression in any way: as, to pull a proof.
    • pull To bring down; reduce; abate.
    • pull To pluck; fleece; cheat.
    • pull In tanning, to remove the wool from (sheepskins), or the hair from (hides). A pulling-knife, made of steel with a rather blunt edge, is used, acting much on the principle of a scraper. It engages the hair without cutting it off, and pulls it out. The skin is spread, with the hair or wool side uppermost, on an inclined support during the process.
    • pull To steal; filch.
    • pull To make a descent upon for the purpose of breaking up; raid; seize: as, to pull a gambling-house: said of police.
    • pull In horse-racing, to check or hold back (a horse) in order to keep it from winning: as, the jockey was suspected of pulling the horse.
    • pull To subvert; overthrow; demolish.
    • pull To abase; humble; degrade.
    • pull To take to task; administer reproof or admonition to; put a check upon.
    • pull To arrest and take before a court of justice.
    • pull To bring to a stop by means of the reins: as, to pull up a horse when driving or riding.
    • pull To stop or arrest in any course of conduct, especially in a bad course. Synonyms To drag.
    • pull To gather.
    • pull To give a pull; tug; draw with strength and force: as, to pull at a rope.
    • n pull The exercise of drawing power; effort exerted in hauling; a tug; drawing power or action; force expended in drawing.
    • n pull Exercise in rowing; an excursion in a row-boat: as, to have a pull after dinner.
    • n pull A contest; a struggle.
    • n pull That which is pulled. Specifically — The lever of a counter-pump or beer-pull.
    • n pull The knob and stem of a door-bell; a bell pull.
    • n pull Influence; advantageous hold or claim on some one who has influence: as, to have a pull with the police; he has a pull on the governor.
    • n pull A favorable chance; an advantage: as, to have the pull over one.
    • n pull A drink; a swig: as, to have a pull at the brandy-bottle.
    • n pull In printing, a single impression made by one pull of the bar of a hand-press.
    • pull In cricket, to hit (a short ball pitched on the wicket or on the off side), with a horizontal bat, so as to send (it) round to the on side
    • n pull In cricket, a stroke made with a horizontal bat, by which a short ball pitched on the wicket or to the off side is hit round to the on side.
    • n pull In golf, a stroke such that the ball describes a curve toward the left with a right-handed player, or toward the right with a left-handed player. See also hook, 10.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight, and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated
    • v.t Pull pōōl to draw, or try to draw, with force: to draw or gather with the hand: to tear: to pluck: to extract: to move, propel by tugging, rowing, &c.: to transport by rowing: in horse-racing, to check a horse in order to prevent its winning: to produce on a printing-press worked by hand: to raid or seize
    • v.i Pull to give a pull: to draw
    • n Pull the act of pulling: a struggle or contest: exercise in rowing: : :
    • n Pull (slang) influence, a favourable chance, advantage
    • n Pull (coll.) a drink, draught
    • n Pull (print.) a single impression of a hand-press
    • ***


  • Elmer G. Letterman
    Elmer G. Letterman
    “Next in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “If you have enough push, you don't have to worry about the pull.”
  • George Eliot
    “Friendships begin with liking or gratitude roots that can be pulled up.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Have an aim in life -- then don't forget to pull the trigger.”
  • Ivern Ball
    Ivern Ball
    “Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.”


Pull a rabbit out of your hat - If you pull a rabbit out of a hat, you do something that no one was expecting.
Pull in the reins - When you pull in the reins, you slow down or stop something that has been a bit out of control.
Pull no punches - If you pull no punches, you hold nothing back.
Pull numbers out of your ass - (USA) If sopmeone pulls numbers out of their ass, they give unreliable or unsubstantiated figures to back their argument.
Pull out all the stops - If you pull out all the stops, you do everything you possibly can to achieve the result you want.
Pull out of the fire - (USA) If you pull something out of the fire, you save or rescue it.
Pull rank - A person of higher position or in authority pulls rank, he or she exercises his/her authority, generally ending any discussion and ignoring other people's views.
Pull someone's leg - If you pull someone's leg, you tease them, but not maliciously.
Pull strings - If you pull strings, you use contacts you have got to help you get what you want.
Pull the fat from the fire - If you pull the fat from the fire, you help someone in a difficult situation.
Pull the other one, it's got brass bells on - This idiom is way of telling somebody that you don't believe them. The word 'brass' is optional.
Pull the plug - If the plug is pulled on something like a project, it is terminated prematurely, often by stopping funding.
Pull the trigger - The person who pulls the trigger is the one who does the action that closes or finishes something.
Pull the wool over someone's eyes - If you pull the wool over someone's eyes, you deceive or cheat them.
Pull up your socks - If you aren't satisfied with someone and want them to do better, you can tell them to pull up their socks.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. pullian,; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol,


In literature:

I'm sorry to pull you in here like this, but I'm afraid I had no choice.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
Instead of pulling a ship to ground, in the setup he'd made, the new fields pulled the ground toward the ship.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
He pulled trigger at a range of fifteen feet.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Mayo ran to the wheel and yanked the bell-pull furiously.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The boats had, therefore, a long way to pull.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Kitson set his teeth and, stepping to the bedside, pulled down the covers.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
We next pulled over to the Gosport side, to visit the Royal Clarence Victualling Establishment, which papa said was once called Weovil.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
But he could not pull the trigger.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Both the natives now pulled out pipes and began to smoke silently.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
Then he pulled it out with a cross pull, and it snapped short off.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry

In poetry:

Brightness that I pull back
From the Zodiac,
Why those questioning eyes
That are fixed upon me?
What can they do but shun me
If empty night replies?
"A First Confession" by William Butler Yeats
I've won the two tosses from Prescot;
Now hear me, and hearken and heed,
And pull that vile flower from your waistcoat,
And throw down that beast of a weed;
"The Road to Avernus, Scene XI 'Ten Paces Off'" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
What doth this noise of thoughts within my heart,
As if they had a part?
What do these loud complaints and pulling fears,
As if there were no rule or eares?
"The Familie" by George Herbert
Says I, `Come, let me pull with you,
Along with you, along with you,'
And this is truth I tell.
Says I, `Come let me pull with you,
For one is not so good as two.'
"Cairnsmill Den" by Robert Fuller Murray
As courtiers do, but gentleman withal,
Took out the note;--held it as one who feared
The fragile thing he held would slip and fall;
Read and re-read, pulling his tawny beard;
"The Sun-Dial" by Henry Austin Dobson
So, pulling himself together —at last
He's upon his feet —to redeem the past.
" I promise I'll back no more horses," he said,
" Henceforth—I swear— I'll BACK DOGS instead!"
"The Prodigal Son (or The Morning After!)" by T W Connor

In news:

At half-past noon on Jan 9, cable TV contractors sinking a half-mile of cable near Interstate 10 in rural Arizona pulled up something unexpected in the bucket of their backhoe : an unmarked fiber-optic cable.
The 2011 Auburn Tigers were a young team that found a way to pull out some tough, last-minute wins.
Pulling the strings of bluegrass, brotherhood and backwoods tradition.
Jeter, showing bunt, pulled back.
Up first are two country gals on Team Blake: Liz Davis, who was won over by Shelton after he pulled a country music award out from behind his back, and Nicole Johnson, the girl who sang Kelly Clarkson's 'Mr.
Two sisters in North Carolina are hoping they can help encourage young men to pull up their pants by grossing them out.
Billie Joe Armstrong refused to pull up trousers.
Republicans pull a bait-and-switch .
Worse still, Reid is trying to pull the same bait-and-switch as last year.
In that sense, the Navy apparently pulled a bait-and-switch on Lockheed and Austal.
Obama Has Pulled a ' Bait and Switch '.
Last week, we had a rough time with the judges but our awesome and loving fans pulled us through, for which both Bristol and I are super grateful.
Katherine Jenkins pulled out all the stops on Dancing With the Stars Monday.
Sunscreen pulled due to fire risk.
Joe Shoup, 6, a first-grader at Montgomery Elementary School, placed third in the 5- and 6-year-old class at the National Kiddie Tractor Pulling Association's grand national tractor pull at the Ohio Power Show in Columbus on Jan 30.

In science:

Using the pro jection π : X → M , we may pull back J to an almost complex structure on H .
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
This τ is well enough approximated by the pull-back of the corresponding equivariant class of a split bundle on M ′ to give the formula.
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
The map π∗p(E ) is the result of pulling back via π the map p : Mγ → I , twisting by by E , and reducing modulo torsion.
On Resolving Singularities
Then χ′ (x, ω ) ≪ 1, the pulling effect is very weak, and ω ≃ Ωm , where Ωm is the eigenfrequency of the mode.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization
Therefore λ = eσ is basic and thus both λ and σ are pull-backs by ϕ of functions on N ; we shall denote these two functions by the same letters λ and σ .
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds