pull in

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pull in (third-person singular simple present pulls in, present participle pulling in, simple past and past participle pulled in)

  1. (literally, transitive) To pull something, so that it comes inside.
    After falling out of the boat, the crew pulled him in.
  2. (idiomatic, intransitive, of a vehicle) To approach or drive up to a place and come to a stop.
    A car just pulled in our driveway.
  3. (idiomatic, intransitive, of a train or bus) To approach a station; to arrive at a station.
    Quick! The train's pulling in.
  4. (idiomatic, transitive) To arrest someone; to take somoene to a police station because they may have done something.
    She was pulled in for questioning.
  5. (idiomatic, transitive) To earn [money].
    He pulls in a lot of money.
  6. (idiomatic, nautical, transitive) To tighten a sail by pulling on a rope.
    pull in the main sheet

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