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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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The operator simply clamps the puller to the conduit and starts the pull, Lee said.
The drill rigs' hydraulic gauge readings were used to determine the total force exerted during pulling, and then the force required to move everything except the pipe--the carriage, drill string and pull head assembly--was subtracted from the total.
Modern 2-stage pulls operate a little differently from the original military style.
When we hold pulls, we encourage people to come without their dog and observe.
Motoric--simple motor habits, often without full awareness, that may predispose one to pull, like twirling or stroking the hair during sedentary activities
PULL THE ZIPPER LEVER SLOWLY AND EVENLY RATHER THAN JERKING ON THE THONG THAT IS ATTACHED TO IT.
In a goal-line / short yardage situation, all the linemen may be covered, so that no one will pull.
By allowing gravity to pull you forward rather than requiring your legs to push you forward, your speed will no longer be dictated exclusively by your leg strength.
Newton himself tried to analyze these other pulls, but he hit a wall when he tried to calculate how three objects would move under the influence of each other's gravity.
There is a button to switch measurements from pounds to grams, one to give you an average pull weight, and one to clear everything and start over.
Danish contractor Per Aarsleff is believed to have made the first successful use of a novel but simple system to pull long, heavy sections of a submerged, large diameter, concrete-coated gas pipeline across several deep fjords in southwestern Norway.
Pertinent trends are presented at unit conferences to inform staff how recent pulls were evaluated.
Replacing those outdated or broken cabinet pulls is a quick, inexpensive way to dress up a kitchen or bathroom.
Take drawer pulls: although they are some of the smallest parts of a cabinet door or bureau drawer, a few artful pulls can set a distinctive tone for an entire piece.
Rapid adoption of the company's patented Wire Snagger[R] tools as the contractor's preferred way to set up and complete multiple wire pulls has created the need for a method to clean and lubricate the tools in the field.