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pull

1. noun A drink or swig, especially 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 drink or swig, especially 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 get a quick pull off your cigarette.
5. verb To act as if one is punching someone, without making physical contact.(Short for "pull one's punches.") How dare you—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. (Short for "pull one's punches.") How dare you—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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But this time, he also tried pulling on a loop near a molecule's middle and was surprised to find that the molecule unraveled with less than half the force needed in an end-to-end pull.
The protruding sections of pipe at the shorelines were welded to the mating land-based pipeline and all the necessary pipe assembly and pulling equipment moved to the next fjord crossing.
Unknowingly, he increased the Hornet's angle of bank to more than 90 degrees left wing down and tightened the turn, pulling nearly 6 Gs.
aerosol can, removes grease, dirt, oil, wax and pulling lubricants from the body of the tool, leaving a coating that helps the teeth get a better grip during a pull.
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The energy dissipated during the pulling and indentation experiments indicated that chemical bonds had broken, says coauthor James B.
One evident trend is toward injecting resin into the die, rather than pulling reinforcements through a traditional open resin bath.