pull a... v.
in fig. uses, denoting forms of action.
(a) [mid-19C+] to act in a way that is calculated to shock, amuse or deceive, e.g. pull a gag, pull a stunt (see phrs. below and under individual nouns) .
(b) [1940s+] (orig. US) used with a proper name to mean to imitate or act in the manner of, esp. when the proper name is almost synon. with a certain type of extreme or easily identifiable behaviour, e.g. pull a Daniel Boone, to act drunkenly; pull a Lindbergh, to act in a heroic manner; see under individual proper names.
[1930s] (US black) to act in a deliberately stupid manner.
see under fast one n.
see pull a fast one under fast one n.
see G n. (2)
[1970s] (Aus. Und.) to divert a bystander’s attention from a crime.
[1990s+] (US teen) to scrounge constantly from one’s friends; thus Mr/Mrs Jones, one who scrounges constantly.
[late 19C] to make a face, to grimace.
see pluck a rose under pluck v.
to pursue a course of action, poss. deceitful or surprising.
[1980s+] (drugs) to vomit after excessive drug consumption.