pull ahead:  On the final lap, a fellow competitor pulled ahead of him. (To move in front)

pull apart:  They pulled the two fighting cocks apart to end the cockfighting contest.. (To separate)

pull apart:  His suggestion was pulled apart as impractical. (To criticize harshly)

pull at:  The little boy pulled at the puppy’s tail. (To pull quickly and sometimes repeatedly)

pull at:  He pulled at her coat sleeve. (To pull quickly and repeatedly)

pull away:  The ambulance pulled away from where it was parked and sped down the highway. (To go or leave, as used for a vehicle)

pull away:  On the final lap, he pulled away from the other runners. (To move ahead)
pull away:  He tried to hold her hand, but she pulled it away. (To withdraw or take away)

pull back:  The visiting team pulled a goal back to end the match in a draw. (To gain a point, goal, etc)

pull back:  The soldiers were ordered to pull back from their positions around the city. (To withdraw)

pull down:  They had to pull down the old disused crumbling building. (To demolish)

pull in:  The train pulled in just as we arrived at the station. (To arrive)

pull in:  I pulled in at the side of the road to make a quick a phone call. (To come to a stop)
pull in:  A few of the protesters were pulled in when they clashed with the police. (To take someone into custody)
pull in:  Tennis is a popular sport that always pulls in large crowds.(To attract)
pull in:  In this country, you don’t pull in much as a teacher. (To earn)

pull off:  Three men pulled off the biggest bank robbery in town. (To accomplish by effort, skill, or courage in spite of difficulties)

pull off:  We pulled off the highway and stopped for a break. (To separate and go in a different direction)

pull out:  They pulled out of the business deal when they sensed something amiss. (To withdraw)

pull out:  We waved to them as the train pulled out of the station. (To depart)
pull out:  The troops will be pulled out as soon as order is restored to the area. (To retreat)

pull over:  The policeman waved me to pull over. (To stop a vehicle at the side of a road)

pull through:  The doctors expected him to pull through despite the severe injuries he sustained in the accident. (To get through an illness or difficult situation)
pull up:  He pulled up outside a convenience store. (To stop a vehicle)

put across:  She put her opposing views across during the discussion. (To come out with ideas, etc in a way that is easily understood)

put across:  The book puts across complex ideas in a way anyone can understand. (To make something easily understood)
put across:  The candidate put herself across very wellto the voters. (To communicate one’s ideas to other people so as to promote oneself)

put aside:  Every month she puts aside a sum of money to buy a car. (To save money for a specific purpose)

put aside:  She puts aside an hour each day to meditate. (To give time to an activity)
put aside:  Everyone put aside what they were doing and tuned in to a news flash about a major explosion at the city’s airport. (To suddenly ignore what one is doing and turn one’s attention to something else)
put aside:  We are going to get the two sides to put aside their differences. (To ignore temporarily)

put away:  The boys rushed to put away the toys when they heard their mummy is home. (To put something back in its regular place)

put away:  He should be put away for being so violent, especially when he is drunk. (To confine someone to a place such as prison, hospital, etc)
put away:  We put away as much as we can to meet future needs. (To save money)
put away:  They put away the badly diseased stray dog. (To kill quickly in a humane way)

put back:  You must put the books back when you have finished with them. (To return something to its usual place)  

put back:  The members have unanimously agreed to put back the party election. (To postpone)

put by:  I’m putting by an amount of money each month for a new bike. (To set aside money for the future)

put down:  The public demonstration was brutally put down by troops. (To forcibly put an end to riot, rebellion, etc)

put down:  This heartless fellow seemed to enjoy putting me down when there were people around. (To criticize)
put down:  He’s not put down his lame horse. (To kill an animal painlessly)
put down:  I think we have had enough to put down on a new car. (To pay a sum of money as the first instalment)
put down:  The fans put the loss of their team down to too many inaccurate passing of the ball. (To regard something as being caused by something else)
put down:  Everyone who entered the place had to put their names down in the visitors’ book. (To write down something such as name, phone number, etc)
put down:  You can put the box down in that corner (of the room). (To leave something on a surface such as the floor, etc)
put down:  She put down the telephone and cursed loudly. (To return the telephone receiver to its proper place)
put down:  You haven’t put a couple of items down on the shopping list. (To include in a list)
put down:  He told the taxi driver to put us down at the library. (To drop off passengers)
put down as:  They put the politician down as a habitual liar. (To describe someone as belonging to a class of people possessing particular shared characteristics)

put forward:  He put forward some very convincing arguments. (To propose for consideration) 

put forward:  Some countries put their clocks forward at certain time of the year. (To show a later time)
put forward:  The opening time of the exhibitionhas been put forward owing to the large crowd waiting to go in. (To start at an earlier time)

put in:  For the past week, we had to put in extra time to complete it before the deadline. (To use up time doing something)

put in:  The consortium put in a multimillion pound bid for the football club. (To make a formal offer)
put in:  All the team members have put in a great deal of effort. (To spend time, energy, effort, etc working on something)
put in:  The workers put in individual claims arising out of accidents at work. (To submit a claim)
put in:  If you meet the boss, put in a good word for me. (To bring to the attention of someone)
put in:  I feel I must put in at least a brief appearance at the party. (To present oneself for a short time)
put in for:  We have put in for a room with a view of the sea. (To make a request)

put off:  Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today. (To arrange for something to take place at a later time)

put off:  She’s preparing for her exams and will not allow anything to put her off. (To distract)
put off:  Her highly critical attitude really put me off. (To cause someone to feel dislike)
put off:  He keeps asking her to go out with him, but she keeps putting him off. (To cancel or postpone an appointment with someone)

put on:  Despite her hurt feelings she put on a smiling face. (To pretend have a particular quality, appearance, feeling, behavior, etc)

put on:  She is the only one in the family who is putting on excess weight. (To add to one’s weight)
put on:  She put a pair of faded jeans and a sweater on before she went outside. (To wear clothes)
put on:  I thought she was putting me on when she said she’s taking me out for dinner. (To cause someone to believe something that is not true)
put on:  I will not put money on that horse. (To risk a sum of money on an outcome of a race, game, etc)
put on:  He had to suddenly put on the brakes to try to avoid hitting the dog. (To bring something into operation or use)
put on:  The airline is putting on extra flights for the sporting event. (To add)
put on:  They are putting on a firework display to celebrate the ceremonial occasion. (To organize a public event)

put out:  The firefighters took hours to put out the huge fire. (To extinguish)

put through:  John’s parents managed to put him and his siblings through university. (To pay for someone’s education)

put through:  The group of tourists was put through a terrible two-day ordeal. (To cause someone to undergo an unpleasant experience)
put through:  She put me through to a wrong person. (To connect someone by telephone to another person)
put through:  Ask the receptionist to put your call through to my room. (To transfer a telephone call from one person to another person)

put to:  After the speeches were delivered, we were allowed to put questions to the speakers. (To present something for consideration or discussion)

put to:  I put it to you that you have been lying about how you spend the company’s money. (To challenge someone to deny the truth of an allegation or statement)


put up:  Despite being an underdog, the team put up an outstanding performance. (To display considerable skill in a contest)
put up:  Where are we going to put up for the weekend at the resort when all the hotels are fully booked? (To temporarily provide lodging for someone)
put up:  They are putting up a bus terminus north of the city where the wasteland is. (To build)
put up:  He managed to persuade his friend to put up the money for the venture. (To make money available in advance for a particular purpose)
put up:  They put up a monument to the firefighters who lost their lives. (To erect)
put up:  The party is putting up six female candidates in the general election. (To nominate)
put up:  Election posters were put up all over the city. (To place something prominently so that it may readily be seen)
put up:  A wealthy uncle has put up bail for him. (To make payment for the release of an accused person)
put up:  We lost our way and had to put up at a cave for the night. (To stay somewhere)
put up to:  He has been playing truant from school lately, and we think someone must have put him up to it. (To encourage someone to act in a wrong way)
put up with:  He is not going to put up with his nagging wife any longer. (To be subjected to a bad or unpleasant situation that is continuing for a long time)