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  • v. To remove by pulling.
  • v. To achieve; to succeed at something difficult.

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

  • v. remove by drawing or pulling
  • v. cause to withdraw
  • v. be successful; achieve a goal
  • v. pull or pull out sharply


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  • And so groups like al-Qaeda will for the foreseeable future continue to use the tried-and-true tactics of hijackings, truck bombs, and suicide attacks, rather than being able to successfully pull off the deeply uncertain, complex, and prohibitively expensive task of developing true weapons of mass destruction.

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  • The complications, both technical and political, to pull off this spacecraft-to-spacecraft link would be difficult and time consuming.

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  • Doing these exercises, which concentrate on the upper body and core, every day for thirty days will lead to visible resultsthey are all you need to pull off that strapless dress or figure-hugging outfit.


  • The whole nation was shocked when, two months after her abduction, a gun-toting Patty Hearst was seen on surveillance video helping the SLA pull off an armed robbery of the Hibernia Bank in the Sunset district of San Francisco.


  • By early 2000, the Forbes camp was girding for the triumvirate of Rove, Synhorst, and Feather to pull off a repeat of the anonymous leather-daddy calls.

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  • In the distance, Trint spotted the welcome glow of lights at a truck stop and decided to pull off the road and grab a bite to eat while he waited to see if the weather would break or turn into an icy blizzard that would shut down the roads until morning.

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  • Nazia cringed as she watched Shenaz pull off a strip of skin from her heel.

    Beneath My Mother’s Feet

  • “This is Jamal Washburn,” she announced, as Jamal struggled to pull off the rest of his suit of armor.

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  • Not even Ru Paul could pull off a prison jumpsuit the way this babe did.

    Balancing in High Heels

  • “The kitten must belong to someone,” she says as we pull off Upper Canyon and back to the main road.



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