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pull someone or something up
to drag or haul someone or something upward or to an upright position. Bob had slipped down into the creek, so I reached down and pulled him up. I pulled up Bob and nearly fell in myself. Nick pulled the cushion up and propped it against the back of the sofa.
pull something up (out of something)
to draw something upward out of something. The worker pulled a cold wet dog up out of the pond. He pulled up the dog out of the pond.
(somewhere) Go to haul up (somewhere).
pull up somethingalso pull something up
to get information from a computer Police can now pull up your driving record on the computer in their car. He asked me for those files yesterday and I still haven't pulled them up.
1. Stop or cause to stop, as in He pulled up his horse, or They pulled up in front of the door. [Early 1600s]
2. Catch up, advance in relation to others, as in a race. For example, She was behind at the start, but she quickly pulled up. [Late 1800s] Also see pull oneself up by one's bootstraps.
1. To obtain something by drawing or pulling upwards: I pulled up a large fish yesterday with my new fishing pole. I'll tie the bucket to the rope, and you pull it up to the roof.
2. To uproot something, especially a plant: We pulled up several large weeds from the garden. If you want to get rid of the ivy, you can't just cut it down, you have to pull it up.
3. To draw something close by and make it available for use: I pulled up a chair and sat down. Let's pull a few more seats up to the table for the new guests.
4. To bring some vehicle to a halt alongside something: The drivers must pull up their trucks to the curb before loading them. She pulled the bus up to the school entrance to let the children out.
5. To come to a halt alongside something. Used of vehicles and riders: The truck pulled up to the gas pump. I pulled up to the tollbooth and paid the toll.
6. To move to a position or place ahead, as in a race; catch up: The track star pulled up and passed the leader in the final lap, winning the race.