Last modified on 6 December 2014, at 13:21

pull off



pull off, pull (something) off

  1. To remove by pulling.
    Pull off old blossoms so that the plant will keep flowering.
    As soon as she got home, she pulled off her clothes.
  2. (idiomatic) To achieve; to succeed at something difficult.
    Six pages is a lot to write in one night. Do you think she can pull it off?
    • 2011 September 2, “Wales 2-1 Montenegro”, BBC:
      In a frantic ending Blake and Crofts pulled off brilliant tackles and Hennessey a string of saves to keep Montenegro at bay and earn Speed his first qualifying success as Wales manager.
    • 2001 November 18, "What the Muslim World Is Watching," The New York Times (retrieved 26 July 2014):
      The preceding year, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the crown prince of Qatar, did a most un-Arab thing: he pulled off a palace coup, taking over the government from his father (who was vacationing in Europe at the time).