Definition of pull someone/something in in English:

pull someone/something in

phrasal verb

  • 1Succeed in securing or obtaining something.

    ‘the Reform Party pulled in 10% of the vote’
    • ‘His notoriety pulled in enough votes – more than 52,000 — to secure a ballot line in future elections.’
    • ‘The host didn't pull in huge numbers in the U.S., but it pulled in enough attention.’
    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’
    • ‘‘Even very high officers might be pulled in as suspects,’ they said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then it would be over zealous Spanish cops who decided to pull the suspect in.’
    • ‘In the latter case, the shop developing the prints alerted the police, who pulled Somerville 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.’
    arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in
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  • 3Use reins to check a horse.

    • ‘The same thing happened to this story about the Football Association pulling the reins in on Fanzine reporting of fixtures lists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trek grabbed some mane, and the reins, pulling them in.’