1. To drag, haul, or force someone or something from place to place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "around." Sean was so patient with the kids, letting them pull him around all day playing games in the back yard. There's a homeless man in the neighborhood who pulls a shopping cart around collecting cans and bottles he can return for a deposit.
2. To gradually return to a state of good health, performance, or value after suffering a decline. Doctors were afraid she wouldn't survive the night, but she's starting to pull around, thank goodness. After pushing itself to the brink of bankruptcy with several bad business decisions, the company began pulling around after its newest product captured the imagination of consumers.
3. To gradually reverse or undo someone's or something's decline or misfortune; to return someone or something to a state of good health, performance, or value after suffering a decline. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "around." We had a few rough years after the market crashed, but Professor Robertson's ingenious invention really pulled us around. The new president vowed to pull the country around.
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pull someone or something around
to drag or haul someone or something around. The woman had pulled her children around all day while she did the shopping. All of them were glad to get home. Nick pulled around his wagon and collected discarded aluminum cans.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To bring some vehicle to a location, especially to load or unload it: The valet pulled our car around, and we all got in.
2. To gradually return to a sound state of health; recover: Now that her fever is gone, the patient is really starting to pull around.
3. To reverse a decline in the value, performance, or health of something; turn something around: The company is almost bankrupt—I don't see how the new president can pull it around.
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