pull off


pull off
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "pull off":
present tense I/you/we/they pull off he/she/it pulls off present participle pulling off past tense pulled off past participle pulled off
1) to succeed in doing something that is difficult

Hanley pulled off a surprise victory in the semi-final.

pull it off (= to succeed at what you are trying to do):

They nearly managed to get the loan but just failed to pull it off.

2) pull (something) off something if a vehicle or driver pulls off a road, they stop by the side of it

If you're feeling sleepy, pull off the road immediately and have a rest.

3) pull something off something
computing informal to take information from one computer and put it onto another

You can pull the files you need off the Internet.

4) to take off clothes, especially quickly

She pulled the dress off over her head.


English dictionary. 2014.

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