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  • v. To make (something) lower (especially of clothes).
  • v. To demolish or destroy (a building etc.).
  • v. To cause to fall to the floor

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. tear down so as to make flat with the ground
  • v. cause to come or go down


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Beadle Nathaniel Munns, arriving on the scene, found the mob crying out “Pull down the house, pull down the house!”

    Henry Fielding A Memoir

  • I pull down my underwear, grab a fold of skinuntil I catch my reflection in the mirror.


  • For if at that time even a single divisional commander had taken the decision to pull down the red rags with the help of his loyal and devoted division and to stand the 'councils' up against the wall, to break possible resistance with mine-throwers and hand-grenades, the division in less than four weeks would have swollen to an army of sixty divisions.

    Mein Kampf

  • Stopping to admire an orchard, Kuralay jumps up to pull down a branch, and we scrump an apple or two.


  • By 5 P.M. Spencer could tell when he needed to go potty, go into the bathroom, pull down his pants, sit on the potty-chair, and go.

    pottytrain your child in just one day

  • I called at Mr. Harper's, who told me how Monk had this day clapt up many of the Common-council, and that the Parliament had voted that he should pull down their gates and portcullisses, their posts and their chains, which he do intend to do, and do lie in the City all night.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Feb 1659/'60

  • The apathy of one section of the electors, the fads and jealousies of another, the feverish longing to pull down whomsoever was in power, inherited from a great revolutionary crisis, the indefatigable propaganda of clerical wire-pullers, all tended to the formation of parliaments so composed as to bring government to a standstill.


  • Sir W. Pen did give me an account this afternoon of his design of buying Sir Robert Brooke's fine house at W.nsted; which I so wondered at, and did give him reasons against it, which he allowed of: and told me that he did intend to pull down the house and build a less, and that he should get L1500 by the old house, and I know not what fooleries.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May 1667

  • EVIDENTLY that gate is never opened, for the long grass and the great hemlocks grow close against it, and if it were opened, it is so rusty that the force necessary to turn it on its hinges would be likely to pull down the square stone-built pillars, to the detriment of the two stone lionesses which grin with a doubtful carnivorous affability above a coat of arms surmounting each of the pillars.

    Adam Bede

  • But yes, pull down those old offices, I think the clearing of the old bus depot on the harbour side of Tangier Street should take priority as it's the first thing people see when they come into town from the north.

    Whitehaven News headlines


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