Synonyms of pull in English:

pull


See definition of pull

verb

1‘he pulled a small plastic box towards him’

SYNONYMS

tug, haul, drag, draw, trail, tow, heave, lug, strain at, jerk, lever, prise, wrench, wrest, twist

North American pry

informal yank

ANTONYMS

push

2‘I'll let you pull the next bad tooth’

SYNONYMS

pull out, draw out, take out, extract, remove, root out

3‘he still feels pain in his back where he has pulled a muscle’

SYNONYMS

strain, sprain, turn, wrench, rick, stretch, tear

dislocate, put out of joint, damage

4‘before World War II, race days here pulled big crowds’

SYNONYMS

attract, draw, pull in, bring in, lure, charm, engage, enchant, captivate, bewitch, seduce, catch the eye of, entice, tempt, beckon, interest, fascinate

ANTONYMS

repel


noun

1‘give the chain one sharp downward pull’

SYNONYMS

tug, haul, jerk, heave

informal yank

2‘she took a huge pull on her beer’

SYNONYMS

gulp, draught, drink, swallow, mouthful, sip, sup

informal swill, swig, slug

North American informal chug

3‘he took a long pull on the cigarette’

SYNONYMS

puff

informal drag

4‘she felt the pull of the tranquillity of the place’

SYNONYMS

attraction, lure, allurement, enticement, drawing power, draw, magnetism, influence, enchantment, magnet, temptation, invitation, fascination, appeal

5‘he could get you a job—he has a lot of pull’

SYNONYMS

influence, sway, strength, power, authority, say, prestige, standing, weight, leverage, muscle, teeth

informal clout, beef


Phrases

    pull something apart

      ‘it is wise to pull the gearbox apart only when absolutely necessary’

      SYNONYMS

      dismantle, disassemble, pull to pieces, take to pieces, pull to bits, take to bits, take apart, strip down

      demolish, destroy, break up

      ANTONYMS

      build, assemble

    pull back

      ‘the army was forced to pull back behind the canal’

      SYNONYMS

      withdraw, retreat, draw back, fall back, retire, disengage, pull out, back off, give ground, give way

      flee, take flight, turn tail, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat

      ANTONYMS

      advance

    pull something down

      ‘several old buildings were pulled down’

      SYNONYMS

      demolish, knock down, take down, tear down, dismantle, raze, raze to the ground, level, flatten, bulldoze, destroy, lay waste

      ANTONYMS

      build, erect

    pull a fast one on

      ‘he is a car salesman who will try to pull a fast one on his co-conspirators’

      SYNONYMS

      outsmart, outwit, out-think, outmanoeuvre, outplay, be cleverer than, steal a march on, trick, gull, make a fool of, get the better of

      outfox, put one over on, make rings round, run rings round

      dated

      outjockey

    pull in

      ‘a police car pulled in behind’

      SYNONYMS

      stop, halt, come to a halt, come to a stop, park, arrive, pull over, draw in, draw up

    pull someone/something in

      1‘comedies continued to pull in the biggest audiences’

      SYNONYMS

      attract, draw, pull, bring in, lure, charm, engage, enchant, captivate, bewitch, seduce, catch the eye of, entice, tempt, beckon, interest, fascinate

      pull

      2‘the police pulled him in for questioning’

      SYNONYMS

      arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in

      collar, nab, nick, pinch, pick up, run in, bust, nail, do, feel someone's collar

      ANTONYMS

      release

      3‘the company has pulled in £70m from disposals’

      SYNONYMS

      earn, be paid, make, get, bring in, rake in, clear, collect, net, gross, pocket, take home

    pull someone's leg

      ‘it's all right, Robbie, I was only pulling your leg’

      SYNONYMS

      tease, rag, make fun of, chaff, trick, joke with, play a joke on, play a trick on, play a practical joke on, taunt, jest

      hoax, fool, deceive, misguide, lead on, hoodwink, dupe, beguile, gull

      informal

      kid, have on, rib, wind up, take for a ride, lead up the garden path, take the mickey out of, make a monkey out of

      North American informal

      put on

      SYNONYMS

      tease, fool, play a trick on, make fun of, joke with, rag, chaff, twit, pull the wool over someone's eyes

      informal

      kid, bamboozle, lead up the garden path, take for a ride, rib, take the mickey out of, get a rise out of, take a rise out of

      British informal

      wind up, have on

    pull something off

      ‘they pulled off a daring crime’

      SYNONYMS

      achieve, fulfil, succeed in, accomplish, bring off, bring about, carry out, carry off, execute, perform, perpetrate, discharge, complete, conduct, negotiate, clinch, work out, fix, effect, establish, engineer

    pull out

      1‘one of their star players has pulled out with stomach trouble’

      SYNONYMS

      withdraw, resign, leave, retire, step down, get out, quit, back out, bow out

      2‘the French pulled out of the agreement’

      SYNONYMS

      retreat from, leave, quit, abandon, give up, stop participating in, get out of, back out of, bow out of, renege on

      ANTONYMS

      join, engage in

    pull something out

      ‘Goetz pulled out a gun and fired’

      SYNONYMS

      take out, draw, pull, draw out, bring out, get out, withdraw, fish out, produce

      pull
    pull out all the stops

      ‘the disc's producers have pulled out all the stops for this tiny cult classic’

      SYNONYMS

      make an effort, exert oneself, try hard, strive, endeavour, apply oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, be at pains, put oneself out

      struggle, labour, toil, strain, push oneself, drive oneself, work hard, work like a Trojan

      cudgel one's brains, rack one's brains

      give it one's best shot, go all out, bend over backwards, lean over backwards, put one's back into it, knock oneself out, do one's damnedest, move heaven and earth, beaver away, slog away, keep one's nose to the grindstone, work one's socks off, break sweat

      North American

      do one's darnedest, do one's durnedest, bust one's chops

      Australian

      go for the doctor

    pull over

      ‘I decided to pull over on to the hard shoulder’

      SYNONYMS

      stop, halt, come to a halt, come to a stop, pull in, pull off the road, draw in, park, arrive, draw up

    pull the strings

      ‘these are the people that pull the strings behind the scenes’

      SYNONYMS

      manage, direct, control, operate, regulate, conduct, handle, run, orchestrate, organize, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, boss, be the boss of, govern, rule, administer, lead, head, guide, steer, pilot

      exercise control over, be in control of, be in charge of, be in command of, take care of, look after, be responsible for, be at the helm of, hold sway over

      head up, call the shots, call the tune, run the show, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle

    pull through

      ‘she has serious injuries, but we are all praying for her to pull through’

      SYNONYMS

      get better, get well again, improve, recover, rally, survive, come through, recuperate

      get over something

      be all right

    pull together

      ‘in tough times we must pull together’

      SYNONYMS

      collaborate, cooperate, work together, work side by side, act together, act jointly, band together, come together, get together, join forces, team up, unite, combine, merge, amalgamate, pool resources, club together, make common cause, form an alliance

      coordinate with each other, liaise with each other

      conspire, connive, collude, be in collusion, work hand in glove

      informal

      gang up

      rare

      coact

    pull something to pieces

      1‘can I trust you not to pull my radio to pieces?’

      SYNONYMS

      dismantle, disassemble, take to pieces, pull to bits, take to bits, pull apart, take apart, strip down, demolish, destroy, break up

      2‘we should look at those draft guidelines and be prepared to pull them to pieces’

      SYNONYMS

      criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage

      informal

      knock, slam, pan, bash, take apart, crucify, hammer, lay into, roast, skewer

      British informal

      slate, rubbish, monster, slag off

      North American informal

      pummel, cut something up

      NZ Australian informal

      bag

      archaic

      slash

      rare

      excoriate

    pull oneself together

      SYNONYMS

      regain one's composure, regain one's self-control, regain control of one's emotions, recover, get a grip on oneself, get a hold on oneself, get over it, become one's old self

      informal

      snap out of it, get one's act together, buck up

    pull up

      ‘a van pulled up with six men inside’

      SYNONYMS

      stop, draw up, come to a halt, come to a stop, halt, come to a standstill, brake, park

      arrive

    pull someone up

      ‘he grinned unabashedly when his mother pulled me up’

      SYNONYMS

      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 coals

      informal

      tell off, give someone a telling-off, bawl out, dress down, give someone hell, give someone a talking-to, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a piece of one's mind, blow up, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, give someone a row

      British informal

      tick off, carpet, give someone a mouthful

      North American informal

      chew out

      Australian informal

      monster

      rare

      reprehend, excoriate