pull (someone or something) by (something)(redirected from pull by and pull about)
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pull (someone or something) by (something)
To tug, yank, drag, or haul someone or something by grasping onto some particular part of them or it. He pulled me by the ear over to the side of the room and started shouting at me. Make sure you pull the crate by the handles.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
pull someone or something by something
to grasp someone or something by something and tug or haul. I pulled him by the hand, trying to get him to follow me. Timmy pulled the toy duck by its string and it quacked as it waddled along.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.