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pull

1. n. a drink; a swig; a drink from a flask. He took another pull and kept on talking.
2. tv. to take a drink or a mouthful of liquor from a bottle or other container. He pulled a slug from the bottle.
3. n. a mouthful of smoke from a cigarette; a drag on a cigarette. A couple of pulls and she crushed out the cigarette.
4. tv. to smoke a cigarette. He pulled a long filter job and then went back to work.
5. in. to pull one’s punches. (Martial arts.) If you pull during a fight, you’re through as a fighter.

pull

/yank (someone's) chain
To take unfair advantage of someone; deceive or manipulate someone.

pull

strings/wires Informal
To exert secret control or influence in order to gain an end.
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But Bob, sir, bless you, he's tender-hearted; he'd sooner pull in a bit if he see'd 'em a-gettin' beat.
You pull the hair, and I'll pull you, and together we ought to get it out easily.
Wait a jiffy," called the Woozy, and then it went to a tree and hugged it with its front paws, so that its body couldn't be dragged around by the pull.
Then, when at last you get to the Magician's house, he can surely find some way to pull out those three hairs.
Collins barked, his eyes on the girl and noting that the pull of the apparatus was straight across her.
Let 'em pull you this way a bit and that way a bit.
The whips fell on the horses, and the horses struggled in all their hugeness and might to pull away from the pain of the punishment.
And don't forget, any time any jay farmer thinks he's got a span that can pull, bet him on the side your best span can beat him.
Nothing occurred till about nine o'clock, when we saw the two Italians leave the ship and pull along their side of the triangle toward the shore.
Therewithall Sir Ector essayed to pull out the sword and failed.
Oh, certainly,' rejoined Nicholas; 'but suppose I were to turn the tables, and pull HIS nose, what then?
He tried to pull it out from the front of the dress, but something held it and prevented its coming.
These predicted pull forces were far less than the allowable limit, indicating that much longer pulls of 36-inch pipe are possible.
The second stage pulls the sear fully down and releases the cocking piece to fire the rifle.
The rate of attempts and successful pulls was fairly consistent across the days of the week.