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pull off

1. To forcibly remove something (from or off something else). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "off." Don't pull off the bandage or the wound might get infected. Kids have been going around at night pulling numbers off the front of houses.
2. To suddenly or forcibly remove someone (from something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "off." The coach pulled me off when he saw that I was in pain. The host pulled off the guest panelist when he refused to answer the question. They're pulling her off the debate team because of what happened at the last competition.
3. To be able to perform or complete something, especially in the face of hardships, difficulties, or setbacks. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "off." Congratulations on winning the case! I wasn't sure you'd pull it off. If they're able to pull off the merger, they would form the largest single corporation in the world.
4. To exit a road or highway, as by taking an exit or pulling onto the shoulder or another street or into a parking lot. If you pull off the highway at Exit 5, you'll be able to reach the town in less than an hour. We pulled off at a truck stop just outside the city. I think you've got a flat tire. You'd better pull off.
5. vulgar slang To masturbate a male until he ejaculates. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "off."
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pull something off

 
1. Inf. to manage to make something happen. Yes, I can pull it off. Do you think you can pull off this deal?
2. and pull something off (of) someone or something Lit. to tug or drag something off someone or something else. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Sam pulled the covers off the bed and fell into it, dead tired. He pulled off his clothes and stepped into the shower.
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pull off (something)

to steer or turn a vehicle off the road. I pulled off the road and rested for a while. I had to pull off and rest.
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pull off

Accomplish, bring off, especially in the face of difficulties or at the last minute. For example, I never thought we'd ever stage this play, but somehow we pulled it off. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
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pull off

v.
1. To remove something by pulling: I sat down and pulled off my boots. Someone pulled the antenna off your car.
2. To extract, remove, or take someone or something from something, such as an assignment or public posting: The network pulled the show off the air when viewers began to complain. The editor pulled the reporter off the story.
3. To exit some roadway or lane of traffic: The car pulled off the highway, and the police followed it onto a country road. Let's pull off at the next rest area and get something to eat.
4. To perform something in spite of difficulties or obstacles; bring something off: The team pulled off a last-minute victory after being down 15 points at halftime. We didn't think we could complete the project before the deadline, but somehow we pulled it off.
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pull something off

tv. to make something happen. It takes a lot of skill to pull off something like that.
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