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 for To pull down
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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