I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to push a door that clearly said “PULL” on the sign. And I bet I’m not the only one (if I am, humor me and keep it to yourself.)
So today we are going to have a little lesson on some words that mean “to pull” and some idiomatic expressions that include the word “pull.”
Pull means to exert a force on an object toward you. Synonyms for “pull” include:
Draw – smoother, steadier motion than “pull,” with somewhat less force, as in drawing up a bucket of water from a well.
Drag – greater effort in pulling to overcome friction or resistance, as in dragging a huge bag of leaves to the curb for trash collection.
Haul – pulling large loads over a long distance, as in hauling sacks of cement to the wellsite.
Tug – using strenuous force or spasmodic bursts of force to pull, as I do when I walk my dog Pepper, who likes to stop and sniff.
Here are some definitions for idioms used in the English language involving the word “pull”:
To pull a fast one – to trick or deceive someone
Not pulling any punches – not holding back the full force at one’s disposal
Pull yourself together – Get control of yourself and regain your poise
Are you pulling my leg? – Are you kidding me?
Pull one’s weight – to do one’s proper share of the work
Pull out all the stops – not holding anything back, using all your resources without restraint
Pull some strings – to use one’s influence behind the scenes
Pull the rug out from under you – to remove support or assistance suddenly
Pull together – to work in harmony and cooperate.