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Definition: To pull a finch
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pulled
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall,
1. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.
Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows. --Shak.
He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in.
2. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in
pieces; he hath made me desolate. --Lam. iii.
3. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to
pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.
4. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one;
as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.
5. (Horse Racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning;
as, the favorite was pulled.
6. (Print.) To take or make, as a proof or impression; --
hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.
7. (Cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. See
, n., 8.
Never pull a straight fast ball to leg. --R. H.
To pull and haul
, to draw hither and thither. “ Both are
equally pulled and hauled to do that which they are unable
to do. ”
To pull down
, to demolish; to destroy; to degrade; as, to
pull down a house. “ In political affairs, as well as
mechanical, it is easier to pull down than build up.”
--Howell. “ To raise the wretched, and pull down the
To pull a finch
. See under Finch
To pull off
, take or draw off.
(f[i^]nch), n.; pl. Finches
[AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc
a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo["o]l.)
A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to
the family Fringillid[ae]
Note: The word is often used in composition, as in chaffinch,
goldfinch, grassfinch, pinefinch, etc.
. See Brambling
, the canary bird.
. See Chaffinch
. See under Diamond
(Zo["o]l.), one of several very small East
Indian falcons of the genus Hierax
To pull a finch
, to swindle an ignorant or unsuspecting
person. [Obs.] “Privily a finch eke could he pull.”