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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypull up
he/she/itpulls up
present participlepulling up
past tensepulled up
past participlepulled up
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a vehicle or driver pulls up, they stop

    Their taxi pulled up outside the church.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if you pull up, or if something pulls you up, you unexpectedly stop what you are doing
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  3. 3
    pull up a chair/stool/seat etc. to move a seat near to where someone is sitting, and sit on it
  4. 4
    pull someone up on something to criticize someone about something they are not doing well enough

    Last week my five-year-old pulled me up on my spelling!

  5. 5
    pull someone up short
    1. a.
      to make someone unexpectedly stop in surprise and think

      The question pulled Rory up short.

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