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.
- Stop pulling my hair.
Pull is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is pulled.
- 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.
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘pull’ in more detail and see some examples in use.
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?