Pull v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pulled p. pr. & vb. n. Pulling.]
1. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.
Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows. --Shak.
He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in. --Gen. viii. 9.
2. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate. --Lam. iii. 11.
3. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.
4. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.
5. Horse Racing To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled.
6. Print. To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.
7. Cricket To strike the ball in a particular manner. See Pull, n., 8.
Never pull a straight fast ball to leg. --R. H. Lyttelton.
To pull and haul, to draw hither and thither. “ Both are equally pulled and hauled to do that which they are unable to do. ” --South.
To pull down, to demolish; to destroy; to degrade; as, to pull down a house. “ In political affairs, as well as mechanical, it is easier to pull down than build up.” --Howell. “ To raise the wretched, and pull down the proud.” --Roscommon.
To pull a finch. See under Finch.
To pull off, take or draw off.
Pulled a. Plucked; pilled; moulting. “ A pulled hen.”
adj : drawn toward the source of the force; "this exercise must be
done with the arms pulled back"