Synonyms of pull in English:


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1‘he pulled a small plastic box towards him’

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


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

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

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

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

4‘before the war, race days here pulled big crowds’

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



1‘give the chain one sharp downward pull’

tug, haul, jerk, heave
informal yank

2‘she took a huge pull on her beer’

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

3‘he took a long pull on the cigarette’

informal drag

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

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’

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


    pull through

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

    get better, get well again, improve, recover, rally, survive, come through, recuperate
    get over something
    be all right
    pull up

    ‘a van pulled up with six men inside’

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

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

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

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

    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’

    criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambast, 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 something down

    ‘several old buildings were pulled down’

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

    build, erect

    pull out all the stops

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

    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 something apart

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

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

    build, assemble

    pull back

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

    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


    pull something out

    ‘Goetz pulled out a gun and fired’

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

    ‘in tough times we must pull together’

    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 someone up

    ‘he grinned unabashedly when his mother pulled me up’

    reprimand, rebuke, scold, chide, chastise, upbraid, berate, castigate, reprove, reproach, censure, take to task, tear into, admonish, lecture, lambast, 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 someone or something in

    1‘comedies continued to pull in the biggest audiences’

    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’

    arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in
    informal collar, nab, pick up, run in, bust, nail, do, feel someone's collar
    British informal pinch, nick


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

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

    ‘a police car pulled in behind’

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

    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
    pull a fast one on

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

    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 off

    ‘they pulled off a daring crime’

    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 out

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

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

    2‘the French pulled out of the agreement’

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

    join, engage in

    pull the strings

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

    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