pull out

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

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see pull,‎ out.
    I need to pull the splinter out of my hand.
  2. (idiomatic) To withdraw; especially of military forces; to retreat.
    The troops pulled out of the conflict.
    The mayor pulled out of the race for Senate after numerous opinion polls had him polling at less than 10 percent.
    The racehorse pulled out of the Stakes with a hurt foot.
    • March 11 2022, David Hytner, “Chelsea are in crisis but there is no will to leave club on their knees”, in The Guardian[1]:
      There is still time to find a buyer and for them to stabilise the operation, especially if the deal were done by 31 May – when the club’s special licence to carry on is due to expire. There remain plenty of interested parties, who can only see Chelsea’s price dropping as sponsors pull out or consider their associations; as revenue streams are hit.
  3. (aviation, of an aircraft) To transition from a dive to level or climbing flight.
    After releasing its bomb, the plane pulled out of its dive.
  4. (literally) To use coitus interruptus as a method of birth control.
    With a tremendous groan, he pulled out and ejaculated all over her belly.
  5. (idiomatic) To remove something from a container.
    He pulled his gun out before she had a chance to scream.
    Synonyms: whip out, draw
  6. (idiomatic) To maneuver a vehicle from the side of a road onto the lane.
    When joining a road, you should check for traffic before pulling out.
  7. To draw out or lengthen.

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