See also: pull-off
- To remove by pulling.
- Pull off old blossoms so that the plant will keep flowering.
- As soon as she got home, she pulled off her clothes.
- (idiomatic) To achieve; to succeed at something difficult.
- Six pages is a lot to write in one night. Do you think she can pull it off?
- 1920, Eric Leadbitter, Rain Before Seven (page 122)
- "Oh, I shall pull it off. I shall jolly well have to succeed," said Michael light-heartedly; feeling unusually confident.
- 2001 November 18, "What the Muslim World Is Watching," The New York Times (retrieved 26 July 2014):
- The preceding year, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the crown prince of Qatar, did a most un-Arab thing: he pulled off a palace coup, taking over the government from his father (who was vacationing in Europe at the time).
2011 September 2, “Wales 2-1 Montenegro”, in BBC:
- In a frantic ending Blake and Crofts pulled off brilliant tackles and Hennessey a string of saves to keep Montenegro at bay and earn Speed his first qualifying success as Wales manager.
- To turn off a road (onto the side of the road, or onto another road).
- After about a mile, we pulled off the main road onto a dirt track.
- (of a vehicle) To begin moving and then move away; to pull away.
- As the police approached, the car pulled off and sped away into the distance.
- (vulgar, slang, transitive) To masturbate.
To remove by pulling