1 draw, haul, drag, lug, tow, trail:
Do you think the car is strong enough to pull that load?
2 tug, jerk, yank, wrench, pluck:
He suddenly pulled on the door and it opened.
3 Sometimes, pull out or up. pluck (out), withdraw, extract, uproot, pick (up or out), snatch out or up, tear or rip out or up, cull, select, draw out, take out, remove:
We pulled out all the weeds and threw them on the compost heap. He has a collection of jokes pulled from his speeches
4 Often, pull apart. tear or rip (up or apart), rend, pull asunder, wrench (apart), stretch, strain:
This fabric is so weak it pulled apart as soon as I touched it. I think I pulled a muscle in my calf
5 Often, pull in. attract, draw, lure, entice, allure, catch, captivate, fascinate, capture:
We need something besides the 'Sale' sign to pull the customers into the shop
6 pull apart. pull to pieces or shreds, criticize, attack, pick or take apart or to pieces, flay, run down, Colloq put down, pan, knock, devastate, destroy, slate, Slang slam:
The critics really pulled apart her new play.
7 pull away. withdraw, draw or drive or go or move away; outrun, outpace, draw ahead of:
She pulled away abruptly when he touched her hand. The green car is pulling away from the others
8 pull back.
(a) withdraw, draw back, back off or away, recoil, shrink (away or back) from, shy, flinch (from), jump, start:
The burglar pulled back when he saw the ferocious dog.
(b) withdraw, (beat a) retreat, take flight, flee, turn tail, drop or fall back, back out:
We cheered when we saw the enemy troops pulling back.
9 pull down.
(a) demolish, raze, level, destroy, wreck:
It takes only hours to pull down a house that it has taken generations to build.
(b) draw, receive, get, be paid, earn:
He pulls down much more at his new job.
(c) lower, debase, diminish, reduce, degrade, dishonour, disgrace, discredit, humiliate:
When his fortunes declined, he pulled down all his friends with him
10 pull for. hope or pray for, be enthusiastic for, be supportive of, support, campaign for, cheer for, encourage, boost, US root for:
We are all pulling for you to win.
11 pull in.
(a) drive up, arrive, come, draw up or in, reach:
The train finally pulled in at midnight. We need petrol, so pull in at the next filling station.
(b) arrest, apprehend, take into custody, Colloq pinch, nab, collar, nail, Brit nick, Slang bust:
The cops pulled him in for possession of narcotics.
12 pull off.
(a) detach, rip or tear off, separate, wrench off or away:
When he was cashiered from the army, they pulled off all his insignia and medals.
(b) accomplish, do, complete, succeed, carry out, bring off, manage, perform:
Three men pulled off the robbery in broad daylight.
13 pull oneself together. recover, get a grip on oneself, get over it, recuperate, Colloq snap out of it, buck up:
Try to pull yourself together and stop crying.
14 pull out.
(a) uproot, extract, withdraw:
In the ensuing scrap, someone tried to pull out his hair. Two survivors were pulled out of the rubble.
(b) withdraw, retreat, beat a retreat, recede, draw back, leave, depart, go or run away or off, evacuate, Colloq beat it, do a bunk, Brit do a moonlight flit:
The artillery unit pulled out yesterday.
(c) leave, go, depart, take off:
When that train pulls out, I want you on it!
(d) withdraw, quit, abandon, resign (from), give up, relinquish:
You can still pull out of the deal if you want to.
15 pull someone's leg. tease, chaff, rib, have on, rag, twit, poke fun at, make fun of, hoodwink, ridicule:
He said that I'd just eaten a fly, but he was pulling my leg.
16 pull strings. use influence or connections, US use pull, pull wires:
His uncle pulled strings to get him the job.
17 pull through. survive, recover, improve, get better, get over (it or some affliction), rally; live:
Murphy was at death's door, but luckily he pulled through.
18 pull up.
(a) stop, halt, come to a standstill:
We pulled up in a lay-by for a few minutes' rest.
(b) uproot, root out, dig out, deracinate, eradicate:
Your dog has pulled up all the flowers in my garden.
(c) draw even or level with, come up to, reach:
On the fifth lap, Manson pulled up to, then passed Sabbatini.
19 draw, tug; yank, jerk:
Give the bell-rope a strong, steady pull, and try not to yank it suddenly
20 attraction, draw, magnetism, appeal, drawing or pulling power, seductiveness, seduction, lure:
The pull that golf has on certain people is hard to explain.
21 influence, authority, connections, prestige, weight, leverage, Colloq clout, muscle:
You'd better treat her nicely, for she has a lot of pull with the boss
22 puff, draw, inhalation, Colloq drag:
He took a long, meditative pull on his cigarette and blew some smoke rings.