1. Pull Away
Meaning 1: Gain in distance
Example: She pulled away just as he was about to kiss her.
Meaning 2: vehicle leaving from a place
Example: There was a roar and a cloud of smoke as the car pulled away from the traffic lights.
2. Pull Back
Meaning 1: withdraw from an undertaking.
Example: The party pulled back from its only positive policy.
Meaning 2: improve or restore a team’s position by scoring a goal.
Example: He pulled back a goal three minutes before half time.
3. Pull Down
Meaning 1: demolish
Example: They pulled down the old sports stadium to build a new one.
Meaning 2: depress someone
Example: John was really pulled down by his recent divorce.
Meaning 3: earn (colloquial)
Example: How much do you pull down a month, he asked?
4. Pull For
Meaning: support; especially teams
Example: Who are you pulling for in the cup finals?
5. Pull In
Meaning 1: train or bus arrival at a station
Example: The train pulled in right on time.
Meaning 2: attract a crowd
Example: The comedy act really pulled in the crowds, didn’t they?
Meaning 3: Earn
Example: I pulled in more this year than last year. How about you?
6. Pull Off
Meaning 1: manage to do
Example: The Yankees pulled off a great upset in the finals.
Meaning 2: Remove
Example: Pull off the price stickers from the bottom of the toys before you wrap them.
7. Pull On
Meaning 1: put on clothes; dress
Example: He pulled on his boots and went to work.
Meaning 2: pull something sticking out
Example: When he pulled on the loose thread his whole shirt sleeve came off.
8. Pull Out
Meaning 1: bus or train leaving station
Example: When the boat pulled out to sea, he realized he would never return.
Meaning 2: move into traffic
Example: The car pulled out into the fast lane and nearly got hit.
Meaning 3: Withdraw
Example: The contestant pulled out of the competition due to injury.
9. Pull Over
Meaning: stop a vehicle by the side of the road
Example: We pulled over to check our tires as something was making a funny sound on the car.
10. Pull Through
Meaning: recover from and illness
Example: We didn't know if he was going to pull through but in the end he did.
11. Pull Together
Meaning: work or compete as a team
Example: Let's pull together and get this job done.
12. Pull Up
Meaning: draw up and stop a car
Example: The car pulled up to the curb and stopped in front of the door.