n 1: 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" [syn:
2: the force used in pulling; "the pull of the moon"; "the pull
of the current"
3: special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a
lot of pull"
4: a device used for pulling something; "he grabbed the pull
and opened the drawer"
5: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his
knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a
hamstring pull" [syn: wrench
6: 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" [syn: puff
7: a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"
v 1: cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon";
"pull a sled" [syn: draw
] [ant: push
2: direct toward itself or oneself; "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"
, pull in
, draw in
] [ant: repel
3: move into a certain direction; of a car; "The van pulled up"
4: 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 kneees towards your chin"
5: perform an act, usually with a negative connotation:
"perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery" [syn: perpetrate
6: 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" [syn: draw
, pull out
out}, take out
7: steer into a certain direction; of a vehicle; "pull one's
horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"
8: strain abnormally; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I
jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the
competition" [syn: overstretch
9: 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
10: operate when rowing a boat; "pull the oars"
11: rein in to keep from winning a race; "pull a horse"
12: attract or elicit; "The school attracts students with
artistic talents"; "His playing drew a crowd"; "The
painting fetched more than a million at the auction";
"The star cast pulled many people to the box office"
13: tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to
bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rend
14: baseball: hit in the direction that the player is facing
when carrying through the swing; "pull the ball"
15: strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon" [syn:
16: draw or pull out, 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" [syn: extract
, pull out
, pull up
out}, draw out
17: 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?" [syn: side
18: take away; "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket