One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Demolish a building.
demolish, knock down, take down, tear down, dismantle, raze, raze to the ground, level, flatten, bulldoze, destroy, lay wasteView synonyms
- ‘Poorly designed office blocks could be pulled down and more landmark buildings erected to add to the town's famous glass pyramid and viaduct.’
- ‘It was feared the building could be pulled down or made into flats.’
- ‘It's easy to pull buildings down but you can never put them back up again.’
- ‘As the wondrously ugly 1960 buildings are pulled down, beautiful Bradford is re-emerging.’
- ‘When he came to York, he stayed at a house in Queen Street, next door to Rowntree's, before these buildings were pulled down to make way for the factory's expansion.’
2informal Earn a sum of money.‘he was pulling down sixty grand’
produce, bear, give, supply, provide, afford, return, bring in, pull in, haul in, gather in, fetch, earn, net, realize, generate, furnish, bestow, pay out, contributeView synonyms
- ‘As the attentive and charming maître d' of one of America's top restaurants, Jamais pulled down $300,000 to $400,000 a year (much of it in tips).’
- ‘Bate once more pulled down $100,000 for his 30 hours a week.’
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