pull up

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

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see pull,‎ up.
    1. (transitive, intransitive) To lift upwards or vertically.
      I pull up the lever when I want to make my car go into first gear.
    2. To pull forward.
      Pull up a bench and have a seat.
      Pull the car up a little so you don't block his driveway.
      Pull up a little so you don't block his driveway.
    3. (intransitive, aviation) To raise the nose of an aircraft.
      Terrain ahead! Pull up!
  2. (idiomatic) To fetch for display on a screen.
    Pull up that website for me; it sounds quite interesting.
  3. (idiomatic) Drive close towards something, especially a curb.
    Pull up to that curb slowly; you don't want to scratch that other car.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine. [] As we reached the lodge we heard the whistle, and we backed up against one side of the platform as the train pulled up at the other.
    • 1932, Delos W. Lovelace, King Kong, published 1965, page 12:
      "Taxi," he called. And when one pulled up to the curb with screeching brakes he ordered, "The nearest restaurant."
    • 2009, Kesha, Tik Tok
      I'm talking pedicure on our toes, toes / Trying on all our clothes, clothes / Boys blowing up our phones, phones / Drop-topping, playing our favorite CD / Pulling up to the parties / Trying to get a little bit tipsy.
  4. (informal, transitive) To admonish or criticize (a person) for their actions.
    • 2014, April De Angelis, Wild East:
      My coursework began to suffer and my parents pulled me up on it and said we are not paying for you to get off your head every night.

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