Synonyms of pull in English:


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1‘he pulled a small plastic box towards him’


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

North American pry

informal yank



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


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

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


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

dislocate, put out of joint, damage

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


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




1‘give the chain one sharp downward pull’


tug, haul, jerk, heave

informal yank

2‘she took a huge pull on her beer’


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

informal swill, swig, slug

North American informal chug

3‘he took a long pull on the cigarette’



informal drag

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


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’


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

informal clout, beef


    pull something apart

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


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

      demolish, destroy, break up


      build, assemble

    pull back

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


      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



    pull something down

      ‘several old buildings were pulled down’


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


      build, erect

    pull a fast one on

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


      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



    pull in

      ‘a police car pulled in behind’


      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’


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

      2‘the police pulled him in for questioning’


      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



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


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

    pull someone's leg


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


      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

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


      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


      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

    pull something off

      ‘they pulled off a daring crime’


      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’


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

      2‘the French pulled out of the agreement’


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


      join, engage in

    pull something out

      ‘Goetz pulled out a gun and fired’


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

    pull out all the stops

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


      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


      go for the doctor

    pull over

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


      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’


      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’


      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’


      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


      gang up



    pull something to pieces

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


      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’


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


      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






    pull oneself together


      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


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

    pull up

      ‘a van pulled up with six men inside’


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


    pull someone up

      ‘he grinned unabashedly when his mother pulled me up’


      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


      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



      reprehend, excoriate