To salvage something; rescue: They got hot and pulled the game out of the fire (1893+)
noun 1. a metal tab or ring that is pulled to uncover the precut opening in a can or other container.
- Pull teeth
verb phrase To do something in the most difficult way; do something the hard way (1970s+ Armed forces) •Fr earlier pull teeth through the armpit
- Pull the plug
verb phrase [fr the disconnecting of an electrical plug] verb phrase To dive in a submarine; submerge [1970s+ Navy; fr the withdrawing of a bathtub plug]
- Pull the rug from under
verb phrase To undermine or disable; put opponents at a great and often sudden disadvantage: They were intended to pull the rug out from under left-wing critics (1946+)