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pull (one) through (something)
To give one the necessary care or assistance to survive or endure something catastrophic or life-threatening. My husband is still in critical condition, but the doctors should be able to pull him through. Our accountant's strategic investments helped pull us through the economic crash.
To survive or endure something catastrophic or life-threatening. Your husband is still in critical condition, but we are expecting him to pull through. The economic crash hit us really hard, but we should pull through if we manage our expenses wisely.
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pull (someone or an animal) through (something)
1. Lit. to manage to get someone or an animal through an opening. Do you think you can pull the cow through this narrow door to the shed?
2. Fig. to help someone or an animal survive a difficult time or situation. All her friends worked hard to pull her through the crisis. The vet worked hard to pull the cat through the illness.
pull someone through (something)
to help someone survive or get through something difficult. With the help of the doctor, we pulled her through her illness. With lots of encouragement, we pulled her through.
pull through (something)
to survive something. I am sure that your uncle will pull through the illness. I'm glad he pulled through.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Survive a difficult situation or illness, as in We've had to declare bankruptcy, but I'm sure we'll pull through. [Mid-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 successfully endure or survive something difficult, as trouble or illness: The patient's fever is still high, but the doctor says that she'll pull through. The company barely pulled through the recession.
2. To help someone endure something difficult, as trouble or illness: The disease almost killed the patient, but the doctors pulled him through. My sense of humor has pulled me through some difficult times.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.