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pull

1. noun A long sip or swig, especially one of alcohol from a bottle or flask. The old man took a long pull of whiskey, then flashed a toothless grin and began laughing again.
2. noun An inhalation or mouthful of smoke. I know I quit smoking, but let me just get a quick pull off your cigarette.
3. verb To take a long sip or swig, especially one of alcohol from a bottle or flask. He pulled long and hard from the bottle of hooch.
4. verb To inhale or take in a mouthful of smoke. I know I quit smoking, but let me just pull off your cigarette real quick.
5. verb To act as if one is punching someone, without making physical contact. (Short for "pull one's punches.") How dare you—I have never pulled during a fight in my entire career!

pull (one's) punches

1. To act as if one is punching someone, without making any or much physical contact. How dare you—I have never pulled my punches during a fight in my entire career! I know you're trying to make the scene realistic, but please pull your punches next time!
2. By extension, to restrain one's commentary or criticism to avoid offending or upsetting someone. (Usually used in the negative.) I want your honest opinion of my story—don't pull your punches! Wow, your aunt really doesn't pull her punches. Is my sweatshirt really that ugly?
See also: pull, punch

pull

1. n. a drink; a swig; a drink from a flask. He took another pull and kept on talking.
2. tv. to take a drink or a mouthful of liquor from a bottle or other container. He pulled a slug from the bottle.
3. n. a mouthful of smoke from a cigarette; a drag on a cigarette. A couple of pulls and she crushed out the cigarette.
4. tv. to smoke a cigarette. He pulled a long filter job and then went back to work.
5. in. to pull one’s punches. (Martial arts.) If you pull during a fight, you’re through as a fighter.

pull

/yank (someone's) chain
To take unfair advantage of someone; deceive or manipulate someone.

pull

strings/wires Informal
To exert secret control or influence in order to gain an end.
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According to the DSM-5, the current diagnostic criteria for trichotillomania are as follows: i) recurrent pulling out of one's hair, resulting in hair loss; ii) repeated attempts to decrease or stop hair pulling; iii) the hair pulling causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning; iv) the hair pulling or hair loss is not attributable to another medical condition (e.g., a dermatological condition); and v) the hair pulling is not better explained by the symptoms of another mental disorder (e.g., attempts to improve a perceived deffect or faw in appearance in body dysmorphic disorder) (2).
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"I practised for this by pulling huge logs too," he said.
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The researchers tried pulling tape off surfaces using a machine that also measured the forces involved.
McCarley, Spirrison, and Ceminsky (2002) reported on the prevalence of hair pulling behavior among an ethnically diverse college student sample and noted that African Americans reported higher rates of hair pulling a) that resulted in noticeable hair loss and b) in response to skin irritation.
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He made an obscene gesture before passing on the inside, pulling back out and driving off, doing 80 to 90 mph.