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pull down

1. To force, drag, or haul someone or something down to the ground or a lower level. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "down." He pulled me down so I wouldn't be spotted by the guards. Would you mind pulling down the blinds? He pulled the box down from off the shelf.
2. To lower someone's spirits, confidence, or enthusiasm. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "down." Sorry for pulling everyone down with that sad story. Try not to look so morose—you're pulling down the mood.
3. To destroy or demolish something or cause it to collapse. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "down." A: "Did you hear that they're finally pulling that old factory down?" B: "About time—that thing was an eyesore!" Can you come over on Saturday and help me pull down the old shed?
4. To lower, reduce, or diminish something from a higher level or degree. That D in French pulled down my entire grade point average. The lead actress's performance pulled down the entire production.
5. To earn a certain amount of money as wages. I don't pull much down each month, but I love being a freelancer. His wife pulls down a great salary, so he's able to stay home with the kids.
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pull (someone or an animal) down

to drag or force someone or an animal down. The wolves pulled the hunter down and set upon him. They pulled down the hunter.
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pull someone down

Fig. to degrade someone; to humiliate someone. (See also pull someone or something down.) I'm afraid that your so-called friends are pulling you down behind your back. There is no need to pull down everyone.
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pull something down

1. to demolish something; to raze something. Why do they want to pull the building down? Why not remodel it? They are going to pull down the old building today.
2. to lower or reduce the amount of something. That last test pulled my grade down. Let's see if we can pull down your temperature with aspirin.
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pull down (an amount of money)

Fig. Inf. to earn a stated amount of money. ("An amount of money" is expressed as a figure or other indication of an actual amount.) She pulls down about $40,000 a year. They pull down pretty good salaries.
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pull down

1. Demolish, destroy, as in They pulled down several old office buildings downtown. [Early 1500s]
2. Lower, reduce; also, depress in health or spirits. For example, The bumper wheat crop is bound to pull down prices, or The flu really pulled him down. [Late 1500s]
3. Draw as wages, as in He pulled down a hefty salary. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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pull down

1. To bring something down from a higher level to a lower one: Could you pull that book down from the shelf for me? After the concert, we went around town and pulled down all the advertisements.
2. To demolish or destroy some structure; raze something: They're pulling down the movie theater and putting in a shopping mall. When someone got injured on the old water tower, the city council decided to pull it down.
3. To reduce something to a lower amount: Lower wages have not pulled down the price of consumer goods, and many people can no longer afford the bare necessities. Airline ticket prices have risen over the past year, but lower fuel costs should soon pull them down.
4. To depress someone, as in spirits or health: This fight with his parents is really pulling him down.
5. To draw some amount of money as wages; earn something: She pulls down a hefty salary as a lawyer.
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pull down an amount of money

tv. to earn a stated amount of money. (An amount of money is expressed as a figure or other indication of an actual amount.) She pulls down about $80,000 a year.
See also: amount, down, money, of, pull
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They made the council understand they were not going to stand idly by and let it pull down their homes.
They pull down millions of dollars while they pull down the moral fiber of millions of people.
An anonymous tip received during a weeklong surveillance led deputies Tuesday to two men they identified as Mike Kaeding, 39, a transient, and Cameron Tuttle, 34, of Lancaster preparing to pull down a telephone pole near 145th Street East and Avenue O with a rope tied to the bumper of Tuttle's truck, officials said.