Pull up – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

February 10, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

1. If a vehicle, or someone driving a vehicle, pulls up the vehicle slows down and stops, often for a short time only.

Example of use:

The school bus pulled up at the bus-stop and the children got off.

2. To pull up somebody (or pull somebody up) is to criticize them for something they are doing wrong.

Example of use:

Her boss pulled her up for getting to work late every day.

3. To pull your socks up is to try harder to improve your behaviour.

Example of use: If you don’t pull your socks up and stop mucking about, you won’t pass your exams.

pull up
present simple
pull up and pulls up
-ing form
pulling up
past simple
pulled up
past participle
pulled up

See also, pull out

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