pull off


pull off
verb
1. pull or pull out sharply (Freq. 2)
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pluck the flowers off the bush

Syn: ↑pluck, ↑tweak, ↑pick off
Derivationally related forms: ↑tweak (for: ↑tweak)
Hypernyms: ↑pull, ↑draw, ↑force
Hyponyms: ↑tweeze
Verb Group: ↑draw off, ↑draw away
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. cause to withdraw (Freq. 1)
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We pulled this firm off the project because they overcharged

Hypernyms: ↑remove
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

3. remove by drawing or pulling
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She placed the tray down and drew off the cloth

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draw away the cloth that is covering the cheese

Syn: ↑draw off, ↑draw away
Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take, ↑take away, ↑withdraw
Verb Group: ↑pluck, ↑tweak, ↑pick off
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

4. be successful; achieve a goal
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She succeeded in persuading us all

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I managed to carry the box upstairs

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She pulled it off, even though we never thought her capable of it

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The pianist negociated the difficult runs

Syn: ↑negociate, ↑bring off, ↑carry off, ↑manage
Ant: ↑fail (for: ↑manage)
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s to INFINITIVE

(for: ↑manage)

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pull off [phrasal verb]
pull off (something) or pull (something) off
1 : to remove (something) from something else : to take off (something)

He pulled off the covers of the bed.

She pulled her boots off.

2 informal : to do (something difficult) successfully

We were doubtful the plan would work, but he managed to pull it off.

The team pulled off a win/upset.

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Main Entry:pull

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ˌpull ˈoff | ˌpull ˈoff sth derived
(of a vehicle or its driver) to leave the road in order to stop for a short time
Main entry:pullderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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