pull (something) off

pull (something) off

1. To forcibly remove something (from or off something else). Don't pull the bandage off or the wound might get infected. Kids have been going around at night pulling numbers off the front of houses.
2. To be able to perform or complete something, especially in the face of hardships, difficulties, or setbacks. Congratulations on winning the case! I wasn't sure you'd pull it off. If they're able to pull the merger off, they would form the largest single corporation in the world.
3. To exit off a major road or highway by means of a lesser one. If you pull off the highway at Junction 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.
See also: off, pull

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 something

Play a trick, deceive someone, as in We thought he was trying to pull something when he claimed he had never picked up our tickets . It is often put as pull something on someone, as in I knew he was pulling something on me when he told me the wrong date. Also see pull a fast one.
See also: pull, something

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.
See also: off, pull

pull something

To carry out a deception or swindle: worried that his partners might be trying to pull something behind his back.
See also: pull, something