pull something off

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."
See also: off, pull

pull something off

tv. to make something happen. It takes a lot of skill to pull off something like that.
See also: off, pull, something
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It's that wee tingle we might just pull something off but the nagging, aching pang in the background that we are well aware it's just maximum pain that's coming our way.
Most prime ministers and politicians, they try to measure things and if they're not assured they can pull something off or they don't understand it, they stay away from it.
If we all reach our potential then we might be able to pull something off.
It is not trying to pull something off in case no one finds out, Escudero said.
It's great to be able to pull something off, I've been kind of doubting myself a little bit this year, things haven't been going my way but when you come out the other end it's always nice.
We have got plans in place, and if we commit to those we can pull something off.
It was a very hard final race today; I just managed to pull something off in the end," said an elated Mawson at the post-event Press conference.
It felt (mildly) risky casting him, because you always wonder if an actor can pull something off.
John Zerwas, R-Simonton, who filed the Texas health exchange bill that failed in the just-ended session, said that if the federal government threatens to install a one-size-fits-all program in Texas, "we could, in fact, pull something off in really short order.
It's getting to that point where it's now or nothing until January and, while it's not essential to get someone in, I think it would give us a lift if we can pull something off," he explained.
It takes a lot of skill and expertise to pull something off like that.
He was often too risky, in my opinion, but when he managed to pull something off, it was always so thrilling.
But if we play to the best of our abilities then hopefully we can pull something off.
Bruce admitted: "We had a giltedged chance in the final minute and if you are going to pull something off like we were trying to do you have to take those chances.
We watched the Tennent's Scottish Cup football match with Gretna yesterday and that gave the boys some inspiration that sometimes the team not favoured to win can pull something off.