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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypull off
he/she/itpulls off
present participlepulling off
past tensepulled off
past participlepulled off
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  1. 1
    to succeed in doing something that is difficult
    Hanley pulled off a surprise victory in the semi-final.
    pull it off (=to succeed at what you are trying to do): They nearly managed to get the loan but just failed to pull it off.
  2. 2
    pull (something) off something if a vehicle or driver pulls off a road, they stop by the side of it
    If you’re feeling sleepy, pull off the road immediately and have a rest.
  3. 3
    pull something off something computing informal to take information from one computer and put it onto another
    You can pull the files you need off the Internet.
  4. 4
    to take off clothes, especially quickly
    She pulled the dress off over her head.
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