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pull-up (plural pull-ups)

  1. An exercise done for strengthening the arms and back in which one lifts one's own weight while hanging from a bar.
    1. specifically, such an exercise with palms away from the shoulders.
      There might be handles that are parallel to each other, giving you a grip option that's halfway in between a pull-up and chin-up.
      In a pull-up, your hands are pronated (which means palms are facing away from the body) and your grip is wider. In a chin-up, your hands are supinated (palms are toward the body) and your grip is more narrow.
      • 2008, Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in Nate Green, Built for Show, page xii
        I did lots of push-ups and pull-ups, and my only regret is that I stopped doing them as a young adult when I finally got to work out in health clubs instead of my basement or garage.
  2. (electronics) A pullup resistor.

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pull-up (third-person singular simple present pull-ups, present participle pull-upping, simple past and past participle pull-upped)

  1. To do a pull-up or pull oneself up similarly.
    • 2012, The Young Despondents. Jason M. Burns.
      With a sleek yet muscular build, Nick out pullupped everyone during physical fitness week
    • 2010, Designation Gold Rogue Warrior. Richard Marcinko
      From there, things were easy—well, relatively easy. I stood on the rail, reached up, grasped the floor of the balcony above, fingertip pull-upped onto the lip, found another four inches of finger purchase, raised myself high enough []