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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 "round." Sean was so patient with the kids, letting them pull him round all day playing games in the back yard. There's a homeless man in the neighborhood who pulls a shopping cart round 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 round, thank goodness. After pushing itself to the brink of bankruptcy with several bad business decisions, the company began pulling round 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 "round." We had a few rough years after the market crashed, but Professor Robertson's ingenious invention really pulled us round. The new president vowed to pull the country round.
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Restore or be restored to good health, as in It was good nursing that pulled him round so quickly, or Once on antibiotics, he pulled round quickly. [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.