Definition of pull someone/something in in US English:

pull someone/something in

phrasal verb

  • 1Succeed in securing or obtaining something.

    ‘the Reform Party pulled in 10% of the vote’
    • ‘The host didn't pull in huge numbers in the U.S., but it pulled in enough attention.’
    • ‘His notoriety pulled in enough votes – more than 52,000 — to secure a ballot line in future elections.’
    1. 1.1informal Earn a sum of money.
      ‘you could pull in $100,000’
      • ‘In 2005, the company's four executives and directors pulled in $100,000 combined.’
      • ‘‘You lose some, you win some,’ he said airily, adding that he now pulls in $300,000 an hour during appearances every other month on QVC, with which he has had a contract for eight years.’
  • 2informal Arrest someone.

    ‘I'd pull him in for questioning’
    • ‘He said from the embassy that he had been pulled in and threatened four times by armed Spanish police, who, he claimed, were drunk.’
    • ‘And then pulling people in for interviews, arresting certain people, offering certain deals for certain people at a low level to rat out somebody at a higher level.’
    • ‘In the latter case, the shop developing the prints alerted the police, who pulled Somerville in for questioning.’
    • ‘Then it would be over zealous Spanish cops who decided to pull the suspect in.’
    • ‘‘Even very high officers might be pulled in as suspects,’ they said.’
    arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in
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  • 3Use reins to check a horse.

    • ‘If you believe you can pull the reins in or believe that you do have some control about the outcome, there's a greater likelihood - at least I believe - that you will not drink as much.’
    • ‘Soaps give a strong presence and endorsement to their women characters, but it is important to note that at some points the reins are pulled in.’
    • ‘Trek grabbed some mane, and the reins, pulling them in.’
    • ‘Michael pulled the horse in and stroked his coat gently, still sensing that trouble was coming, although it seemed impossible that it would snow in Southern Texas.’
    • ‘The same thing happened to this story about the Football Association pulling the reins in on Fanzine reporting of fixtures lists.’