One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The capacity of something to exert a physical pull; the extent of this capacity.
2The capacity to attract customers, supporters, etc.; allure, appeal, glamour, cachet.
3British informal. The ability to attract a sexual partner.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal. From pulling + power.
pulling power/ˈpʊlɪŋ ˌpaʊə/
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