phrasal verbs with PULL; pull off, pull out,pull through,pull up

Meaning of idioms: pull up, pull off, pull through, pull out

Here are the explanations of the meanings of four phrasal verbs with PULL:

pull off

– achieve something difficult

  • – after a lot of practice the gymnast pulled off a triple backflip.
  • – at first John couldn’t juggle with four balls, but now he has pulled it off.

pull out

– withdraw, not continue in a competition or other activity

  • – Martinez had to pull out of the long jump competition because he hurt his foot.
  • – The politician pulled out of the TV debate due to a financial scandal.

pull through

– survive, overcome  a problem

  • – Dave was in the intensive care unit for two weeks but the doctors say he is starting to pull through.
  • – Martha was very depressed after her divorce but now she has pulled through thanks to her friends.

pull up

– slow down and stop

  • – After 30 kilometres Salazar was leading the marathon when he pulled up with cramp in his leg. After a massage he managed to continue and finish in 12th position.
  • – A limousine has pulled up outside our house. Who could it be?

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