pull (someone or oneself) in

pull (someone or oneself) in

1. To restrain, limit, or keep someone or oneself in check. You need to pull your reporters in a bit—they're getting a bit too aggressive with their questions. I tried to pull myself in a bit, but I lost control and punched him in the face.
2. To take someone into custody as a suspect or person of interest in a crime. They pulled the husband in for questioning, but he was released without charge. I hope for everyone's sake you pulled in the right person.
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pull in(to some place)

to drive into some place. A strange car just pulled into our driveway. Some stranger just pulled in.
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pull in

1. Arrive at a destination, as in The train pulled in right on time. [c. 1900]
2. Rein in, restrain, as in She pulled in her horse, or The executives did not want to pull in their most aggressive salesmen. [c. 1600]
3. Arrest a suspect, as in The police said they could pull him in on lesser charges. [Late 1800s]
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pull in

v.
1. To draw or haul something or someone inward or inside: When I offered to help him get out of the pool, he pulled me in. She grabbed my hand and pulled me in the room. The fishermen pulled in the nets and collected the fish.
2. To arrive at a place. Used of vehicles, passengers, or drivers: I got to the station just as the train was pulling in. We pulled in after midnight and quietly shut the car doors so we wouldn't wake anyone.
3. To involve someone in an activity or situation. Used chiefly in the passive: I got pulled into the scam because I thought I was going to make money.
4. To restrain someone; rein someone in: The commander pulled in the maverick officer.
5. To arrest someone: The police pulled me in for questioning. The police pulled in two of the suspects on drug charges.
6. To earn or yield some amount of money: The film has pulled in $30 million since its release.
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