Definition of pull in in English:

pull in

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phrasal verb

  • 1(of a vehicle) move to the side of or off the road.

    ‘he pulled in at the curb’
    • ‘As I pulled in to the side of the road, the crisis quickly vanished.’
    • ‘When the vehicle pulls in, service personnel know what's wrong and can immediately fix it without spending time doing unnecessary tests.’
    • ‘Trucks pulled in on the other side of the dirt road and Bo nodded to them as they waved in her direction.’
    • ‘It began to slow down and pulled in to the side of the road, right next to Cannington.’
    • ‘I sat in my car for fifteen minutes watching each vehicle pull in, realizing I hadn't a clue what he drove.’
    stop, halt, come to a halt, come to a stop, park, arrive, pull over, draw in, draw up
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    1. 1.1(of a bus or train) arrive to take passengers.
      ‘he was ready and waiting half an hour before the express pulled in’
      • ‘There is a 30-minute wait standing in the cold on Platform 3 before the train finally pulls in at 3.45 pm.’
      • ‘A train pulls in to the Angus ‘ghost’ station early in the morning and another calls late at night.’
      • ‘Westminster station is unusually busy, and when the Richmond train pulls in, there's nowhere to sit.’
      • ‘Three minutes later as the train is pulling in, she taps me on the shoulder and says ‘Is this the right train for Oxford Circus?’’
      • ‘A train was just pulling in and I lurched on board, collapsing onto a seat opposite a rather startled man who, bless him, dug into his pocket for a paper tissue.’
      stop, halt, come to a halt, come to a stop, park, arrive, pull over, draw in, draw up
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  • 2pull something in, pull in somethingSucceed in securing or obtaining something.

    ‘the Reform Party pulled in 10% of the vote’
    • ‘His notoriety pulled in enough votes – more than 52,000 — to secure a ballot line in future elections.’
    • ‘The host didn't pull in huge numbers in the U.S., but it pulled in enough attention.’
    1. 2.1 informal Earn a specified sum of money.
      • ‘you could pull in $100,000’
      earn, be paid, make, get, bring in, rake in, clear, collect, net, gross, pocket, take home
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  • 3pull someone in, pull in someone informal Arrest someone.

    • ‘I'd pull him in for questioning’
    • ‘And then pulling people in for interviews, arresting certain people, offering certain deals for certain people at a low level to rat out somebody at a higher level.’
    • ‘In the latter case, the shop developing the prints alerted the police, who pulled Somerville in for questioning.’
    • ‘Then it would be over zealous Spanish cops who decided to pull the suspect in.’
    • ‘‘Even very high officers might be pulled in as suspects,’ they said.’
    • ‘He said from the embassy that he had been pulled in and threatened four times by armed Spanish police, who, he claimed, were drunk.’
    arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in
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  • 4pull something in, pull in somethingUse reins to check a horse.

    ‘just beyond the village hall the farmer pulled in his horse’
    • ‘Soaps give a strong presence and endorsement to their women characters, but it is important to note that at some points the reins are pulled in.’
    • ‘The same thing happened to this story about the Football Association pulling the reins in on Fanzine reporting of fixtures lists.’
    • ‘If you believe you can pull the reins in or believe that you do have some control about the outcome, there's a greater likelihood - at least I believe - that you will not drink as much.’
    • ‘Trek grabbed some mane, and the reins, pulling them in.’
    • ‘Michael pulled the horse in and stroked his coat gently, still sensing that trouble was coming, although it seemed impossible that it would snow in Southern Texas.’