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 for To pull a finch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pull \Pull\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pulled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Pulling.] [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall,
     piol, spiol.]
     1. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.
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              Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows.  --Shak.
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              He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in.
                                                    --Gen. viii.
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     2. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
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              He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in
              pieces; he hath made me desolate.     --Lam. iii.
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     3. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to
        pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.
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     4. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one;
        as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.
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     5. (Horse Racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning;
        as, the favorite was pulled.
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     6. (Print.) To take or make, as a proof or impression; --
        hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.
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     7. (Cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. See
        Pull, n., 8.
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              Never pull a straight fast ball to leg. --R. H.
                                                    Lyttelton.
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     To pull and haul, to draw hither and thither. " Both are
        equally pulled and hauled to do that which they are unable
        to do. " --South.
  
     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
        proud." --Roscommon.
  
     To pull a finch. See under Finch.
  
     To pull off, take or draw off.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Finch \Finch\ (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. Finches (f[i^]nch"[e^]z).
     [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc
     a finch; also E. spink.] (Zool.)
     A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to
     the family Fringillid[ae].
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     Note: The word is often used in composition, as in chaffinch,
           goldfinch, grassfinch, pinefinch, etc.
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     Bramble finch. See Brambling.
  
     Canary finch, the canary bird.
  
     Copper finch. See Chaffinch.
  
     Diamond finch. See under Diamond.
  
     Finch falcon (Zool.), 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."
        --Chaucer.
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