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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypull down
he/she/itpulls down
present participlepulling down
past tensepulled down
past participlepulled down
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  1. 1
    to destroy a building, especially because it is very old or dangerous

    The old warehouse has been pulled down.

  2. 2

    pull down


    pull in

    pull down/in something mainly American to earn a particular amount of money
See also main entry: pull


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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