One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cause someone to stop or pause; check.‘the shock of his words pulled her up short’
- ‘We only moved on a few short steps before I stopped and pulled us up sharp.’
- ‘But you are pulled up with a surprising jolt with a visit to the island's pretty capital, Victoria - known to the locals as Rabat.’
- ‘Then the minutest discrepancy pulled him up short: a menacing shape, a suspicious change in the texture of the ground, an unusual sound or perhaps the movement of some prey.’
- ‘It was the fact that student was Aboriginal that pulled me up short.’
- ‘He pulled her up short as he spotted a buggy approaching at a reckless speed.’
- 1.1British Reprimand someone.‘she never failed to pull us up and tell us to stop’
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 coalsView synonyms
- ‘It seems strange to pull someone up for being too polished (kinda like being stopped by a cop for being too good a driver).’
- ‘The honourable member for Grayndler was pulled up for using the term bigot.’
- ‘Father would quiz us constantly and if we did not know the answers, we would be pulled up sharply.’
- ‘Ten minutes into the second half Boyne were pulled up for crossing.’
- ‘I wish I had pulled her up on it, rather than simply accepting it.’
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