pull (someone or something) by (something)

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pull (someone or something) by (something)

To tug, yank, drag, or haul someone or something by grasping onto some particular part of them or it. He pulled me by the ear over to the side of the room and started shouting at me. Make sure you pull the crate by the handles.
See also: by, pull

pull someone or something by something

to grasp someone or something by something and tug or haul. I pulled him by the hand, trying to get him to follow me. Timmy pulled the toy duck by its string and it quacked as it waddled along.
See also: by, pull
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Some designs accomplish a cessation of pulling by causing discomfort or pain to the dog, while others (such as the Easy Walk) do so by giving a mechanical/leverage advantage to the owner.
There was a baseline period of one week when Carol recorded her hair pulling by using both a small hand-held counter and paper for placing tick marks for keeping track.