Synonyms of pull in English:

pull


See definition of pull

verb

1‘he pulled a small plastic box towards him’

SYNONYMS
tug, haul, drag, draw, trail, tow, heave, lug, strain at, jerk, lever, prise, wrench, wrest, twist
North American pry
informal yank
ANTONYMS

push

2‘I'll let you pull the next bad tooth’

SYNONYMS
pull out, draw out, take out, extract, remove, root out

3‘he still feels pain in his back where he has pulled a muscle’

SYNONYMS
strain, sprain, turn, wrench, rick, stretch, tear
dislocate, put out of joint, damage

4‘before World War II, race days here pulled big crowds’

SYNONYMS
attract, draw, pull in, bring in, lure, charm, engage, enchant, captivate, bewitch, seduce, catch the eye of, entice, tempt, beckon, interest, fascinate
ANTONYMS

repel


noun

1‘give the chain one sharp downward pull’

SYNONYMS
tug, haul, jerk, heave
informal yank

2‘she took a huge pull on her beer’

SYNONYMS
gulp, draught, drink, swallow, mouthful, sip, sup
informal swill, swig, slug
North American informal chug

3‘he took a long pull on the cigarette’

SYNONYMS
puff
informal drag

4‘she felt the pull of the tranquillity of the place’

SYNONYMS
attraction, lure, allurement, enticement, drawing power, draw, magnetism, influence, enchantment, magnet, temptation, invitation, fascination, appeal

5‘he could get you a job—he has a lot of pull’

SYNONYMS
influence, sway, strength, power, authority, say, prestige, standing, weight, leverage, muscle, teeth
informal clout, beef

Phrases

    pull something apart

    ‘it is wise to pull the gearbox apart only when absolutely necessary’


    SYNONYMS

    dismantle, disassemble, pull to pieces, take to pieces, pull to bits, take to bits, take apart, strip down

    demolish, destroy, break up

    ANTONYMS

    build, assemble

    pull something down

    ‘several old buildings were pulled down’


    SYNONYMS

    demolish, knock down, take down, tear down, dismantle, raze, raze to the ground, level, flatten, bulldoze, destroy, lay waste

    ANTONYMS

    build, erect

    pull back

    ‘the army was forced to pull back behind the canal’


    SYNONYMS

    withdraw, retreat, draw back, fall back, retire, disengage, pull out, back off, give ground, give way

    flee, take flight, turn tail, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat

    ANTONYMS

    advance

    pull in

    ‘a police car pulled in behind’


    SYNONYMS

    stop, halt, come to a halt, come to a stop, park, arrive, pull over, draw in, draw up

    pull someone/something in

    1‘comedies continued to pull in the biggest audiences’


    SYNONYMS

    attract, draw, pull, bring in, lure, charm, engage, enchant, captivate, bewitch, seduce, catch the eye of, entice, tempt, beckon, interest, fascinate

    2‘the police pulled him in for questioning’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in

    informal

    collar, nab, nick, pinch, pick up, run in, bust, nail, do, feel someone's collar

    ANTONYMS

    release

    3‘the company has pulled in £70m from disposals’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    earn, be paid, make, get, bring in, rake in, clear, collect, net, gross, pocket, take home

    pull out

    1‘one of their star players has pulled out with stomach trouble’


    SYNONYMS

    withdraw, resign, leave, retire, step down, get out, quit, back out, bow out

    2‘the French pulled out of the agreement’


    SYNONYMS

    retreat from, leave, quit, abandon, give up, stop participating in, get out of, back out of, bow out of, renege on

    ANTONYMS

    join, engage in

    pull something off

    ‘they pulled off a daring crime’


    SYNONYMS

    achieve, fulfil, succeed in, accomplish, bring off, bring about, carry out, carry off, execute, perform, perpetrate, discharge, complete, conduct, negotiate, clinch, work out, fix, effect, establish, engineer

    pull over

    ‘I decided to pull over on to the hard shoulder’


    SYNONYMS

    stop, halt, come to a halt, come to a stop, pull in, pull off the road, draw in, park, arrive, draw up

    pull something out

    ‘Goetz pulled out a gun and fired’


    SYNONYMS

    take out, draw, pull, draw out, bring out, get out, withdraw, fish out, produce

    pull out all the stops

    ‘the disc's producers have pulled out all the stops for this tiny cult classic’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    make an effort, exert oneself, try hard, strive, endeavour, apply oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, be at pains, put oneself out

    struggle, labour, toil, strain, push oneself, drive oneself, work hard, work like a Trojan

    cudgel one's brains, rack one's brains

    informal

    give it one's best shot, go all out, bend over backwards, lean over backwards, put one's back into it, knock oneself out, do one's damnedest, move heaven and earth, beaver away, slog away, keep one's nose to the grindstone, work one's socks off, break sweat

    North American informal

    do one's darnedest, do one's durnedest, bust one's chops

    Australian informal

    go for the doctor

    pull the strings

    ‘these are the people that pull the strings behind the scenes’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    manage, direct, control, operate, regulate, conduct, handle, run, orchestrate, organize, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, boss, be the boss of, govern, rule, administer, lead, head, guide, steer, pilot

    exercise control over, be in control of, be in charge of, be in command of, take care of, look after, be responsible for, be at the helm of, hold sway over

    informal

    head up, call the shots, call the tune, run the show, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle

    pull together

    ‘in tough times we must pull together’


    SYNONYMS

    collaborate, cooperate, work together, work side by side, act together, act jointly, band together, come together, get together, join forces, team up, unite, combine, merge, amalgamate, pool resources, club together, make common cause, form an alliance

    coordinate with each other, liaise with each other

    conspire, connive, collude, be in collusion, work hand in glove

    informal

    gang up

    rare

    coact

    pull a fast one on

    ‘he is a car salesman who will try to pull a fast one on his co-conspirators’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    outsmart, outwit, out-think, outmanoeuvre, outplay, be cleverer than, steal a march on, trick, gull, make a fool of, get the better of

    informal

    outfox, put one over on, make rings round, run rings round

    dated

    outjockey

    pull something to pieces

    1‘can I trust you not to pull my radio to pieces?’


    SYNONYMS

    dismantle, disassemble, take to pieces, pull to bits, take to bits, pull apart, take apart, strip down, demolish, destroy, break up

    2‘we should look at those draft guidelines and be prepared to pull them to pieces’


    SYNONYMS

    criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage

    informal

    knock, slam, pan, bash, take apart, crucify, hammer, lay into, roast, skewer

    British informal

    slate, rubbish, monster, slag off

    North American informal

    pummel, cut something up

    Australian, New Zealand informal

    bag

    archaic

    slash

    rare

    excoriate

    pull up

    ‘a van pulled up with six men inside’


    SYNONYMS

    stop, draw up, come to a halt, come to a stop, halt, come to a standstill, brake, park

    arrive

    pull through

    ‘she has serious injuries, but we are all praying for her to pull through’


    SYNONYMS

    get better, get well again, improve, recover, rally, survive, come through, recuperate

    get over something

    be all right

    pull someone up

    ‘he grinned unabashedly when his mother pulled me up’


    SYNONYMS

    reprimand, rebuke, scold, chide, chastise, upbraid, berate, castigate, reprove, reproach, censure, take to task, tear into, admonish, lecture, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, haul over the coals

    informal

    tell off, give someone a telling-off, bawl out, dress down, give someone hell, give someone a talking-to, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a piece of one's mind, blow up, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, give someone a row

    British informal

    tick off, carpet, give someone a mouthful

    North American informal

    chew out

    Australian informal

    monster

    rare

    reprehend, excoriate

    pull oneself together


    SYNONYMS

    regain one's composure, regain one's self-control, regain control of one's emotions, recover, get a grip on oneself, get a hold on oneself, get over it, become one's old self

    informal

    snap out of it, get one's act together, buck up