Are you ready to learn all the phrasal verbs (verb ‘to pull’ + preposition) for the verb ‘pull’? There are quite a few to learn, so let me give you a little info on the verb ‘to pull’ to begin with.

What does ‘pull’ mean?

The word ‘pull‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to use force on a person or object to make it move towards oneself.

For example:

  • Stop pulling my hair.


Pull is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is pulled.


FUN FACT – The verb ‘to pull’ is also a slang term to describe the action of kissing (British English) or making out with (American English) someone. Especially on a night out. For example:

  • I pulled a fit girl at the club last night; we’re meeting up on Tuesday.

If you are going out with the sole intention of finding a partner, you can say you’re going ‘on the pull’.

phrasal verbs with pull list

Phrasal verbs with ‘pull’ include:

  • pull ahead
    meaning – overtake, go in front of
    example – Can Jennings from team GB pull ahead and win the gold?
  • pull apart
    meaning – rip into pieces or separate
    example – I’ve pulled apart the cooked chicken. Now, I must add the cheese sauce.
  • pull back
    meaning – gain some points/time and close in on the leader (after being behind), retreat
    example – Ridgley had an amazing last lap, he pulled back a few crucial seconds on Turner.
  • pull down
    meaning – demolish or pull to the floor
    example – They’ve pulled down the old school to build a new hospital.
  • pull in
    meaning – attract, stop at the side of the road or take to the police station
    example – The club pulled in over 1000 people last night.
  • pull off
    meaning – manage to do something difficult or a vehicle starts moving
    example – The car pulled off quickly then hit a tree.
  • pull oneself together
    meaning – compose yourself
    example – We managed to pull ourselves together after the funeral finished.
  • pull out
    meaning – a vehicle starts moving, stop participating or remove something from an enclosed space
    example – Just after Jones pulled out of the pit stop, he was forced to pull out of the race.
  • pull over
    meaning – stop at the side of the road or make some one stop at the side of the road
    example – I quickly pulled over as smoke poured from my bonnet.
  • pull through
    meaning – recover from an illness
    example – My grandad didn’t pull through, he died in the night.
  • pull to
    meaning – close a door or window
    example – Can you pull the window to? I’m a bit cold.
  • pull together
    meaning – work as a team
    example – We pulled together and redecorated their house before they came back from holiday.
  • pull up
    meaning – a vehicle slows and stops
    example – The train pulled up 15 minutes late.

picture examples

phrasal verbs with pull

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘pull’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

pull phrasal verbs list - pull ahead
phrasal verbs with pull - pull apart
phrasal verbs with pull - pull back
pull phrasal verbs list - pull down
phrasal verbs with pull - pull in
pull phrasal verbs list - pull off
phrasal verbs with pull - pull oneself together
pull phrasal verbs list - pull out meaning
phrasal verbs with pull - pull over
pull phrasal verbs list - pull through
phrasal verbs with pull - pull to
phrasal verbs with pull - pull together meaning
phrasal verbs with pull - pull up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs you’ve just learnt below.

If you enjoyed these picture phrasal verbs with real life examples, why not check out the other groups. The full list can be found here.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with pull, how about learning the idioms with pull too?