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pull something

1. To overextend or overstrain an unspecified muscle. Ouch, I think I pulled something lifting that box! You want to be sure to stretch and warm up before you exercise, or you might pull something.
2. To carry out an unspecified trick, deception, or con job (against someone). I have a feeling that he's going to try to pull something when we're not paying attention. Don't you try to pull something—I've got my eye on you!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pull something

Play a trick, deceive someone, as in We thought he was trying to pull something when he claimed he had never picked up our tickets . It is often put as pull something on someone, as in I knew he was pulling something on me when he told me the wrong date. Also see pull a fast one.
See also: pull, something
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.

pull something

To carry out a deception or swindle: worried that his partners might be trying to pull something behind his back.
See also: pull, something
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"A couple of years ago, I'd have carried on playing and pulled something and been out for a few months or a few weeks at least.
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