Synonyms of pull in English:

pull


See US English definition of pull

See UK English definition of pull

See Spanish definition of arrancar

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 the war, race days here pulled big crowds’

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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 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 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 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 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, 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’


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

    build, erect

    pull out all the stops

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


    SYNONYMS
    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’


    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 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 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 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 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, 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’


    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
    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
    ANTONYMS

    release

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


    SYNONYMS
    earn, be paid, make, get, bring in, rake in, clear, collect, net, gross, pocket, take home
    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 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
    pull a fast one on

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


    SYNONYMS
    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’


    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 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 the strings

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


    SYNONYMS
    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