to pull off

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pull off

"to pull off"

1) to accomplish something that had appeared difficult to finish or achieve

2) to steer or turn a vehicle off a road or lane and then stop the vehicle

3) to extract, remove, or take someone or something from something, such as an assignment or public posting

4) to take information from one computer and put it onto another

5) to remove something by pulling


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pull off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I can't imagine how you finished that report on time. There was at least five days work involved and you finished it in three.

Colleague 2: It is amazing what you can pull off when you really apply yourself. Besides I needed to show the boss that I could be successful under pressure.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pull off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Is that the "check engine" light flashing on your console?

Friend 2: Yes. It has been flashing for five minutes.

Friend 1: Don't you think you should pull off the road and see what is wrong with your car?

Friend 2: I thought we could make it to the next service station. There is nothing we could do on the side of the road anyways.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - pull off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: That was a major blunder you made in this morning's negotiation.

Colleague 2: I know. The boss pulled me off the negotiation team.

Colleague 1: Luckily, you weren't fired. Hopefully, you'll get the chance to join another negotiation at some point in the future.

Colleague 2: I am going back to my desk and make some notes so that I don't ever repeat the same mistake again.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - pull off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I am not sure where to even begin with this new project.

Colleague 2: Let's pull some examples off the internet and see if they can give us some idea of how to proceed.

Colleague 1: Good idea. Maybe you can email me the links?

Colleague 2: I will.

Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - pull off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Why aren't you wearing a shirt?

Friend 2: I was doing laundry and spilled bleach all over my shirt and had to quickly pull it off. I put it in some water straight away. I hope it isn't ruined.

Friend 1: Never mind your shirt. Are you OK?

Friend 2: I slipped out of my shirt fast enough that the bleach didn't have a chance to affect my skin.

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to pull off - Gerund Form:

Pulling off the impossible is why she is hired for so many difficult jobs.

Pulling off the highway when you are having car trouble is a good idea.

Pulling the announcer off the show when he started swearing on air was appropriate.

Pulling the iniformation off the internet, they assembled all the facts required.

Pulling off his sweater, he felt cooler.

to pull off - Examples:

1)  ... be willing to give them a look and seeing if it's something I could pull off with my admittedly limited theming skills.

2)  ... off the road, and stuck in a ditch. # John said we should pull off and help. But something didn't look right about it.

3)  He was also smart enough to pull off some presidential-boosting moves that were landmark in American history.

4)  Fun people often have all these little skills they can pull off that make other people have a good time.

5)  It just was too big of an ambitious idea to pull off this way. Great idea - poor execution.

6)  I ask him how he figured out he could pull it off, because it's as clever as it is devious.

7)  Below are a few designs that use vertical menus for primary navigation, and pull it off.

8)  And I can not even imagine the guts and the courage it took to pull it off.

9)  I wonder how you guys managed to pull it off so successfully. 

10)  She did not take time to pull it off, but, hastily unfastening her horse from the pillar, she rode ...

11)  That was worth all the effort to pull off the big old party that was our wedding. It was worth every compromise ...

12)  ... member to vote for her, playfully threatened, "I'm going to pull off his pants!"

13)  It takes a lot of dedicated people to pull off an event of this magnitude.

14)  Doc stands up and begins to pull off a rubber mask.

15)  The "big guys" with staff will always be able to pull off projects.

16)  ... set your sights too high and go for it. Sometimes it works and you pull off a minor miracle.

17)  Remove the turkey neck and pull off any soft pieces and return the pieces to the gravy.

18)  If you hear sirens or see security forces announcing the approach of a motorcade, pull off the road as far as possible and extinguish your headlights.

19)  Think of styles that you're into and that you could pull off and feel comfortable in.

20)  The operator must be experienced at this kind of work to pull it off. It is not a task for the faint of heart.