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1. To drive up to and park at some location. Let me pull in at a gas station and then I'll call you back. The train didn't pull in until nearly 11 PM due to all the delays.
2. To restrain, limit, or keep someone or oneself in check. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "in." 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 started yelling.
3. To take someone into custody as a suspect or person of interest in a crime. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "in." 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.
4. To yield a profit of a stated sum of money. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "in." Their latest product has already pulled in nearly $15 million in its first two months on the market.
pull in(to) (some place)
To drive up to and park at some location. Let me pull into a gas station and I'll call you back. The train didn't pull in until nearly 11 PM due to all the delays.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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