Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pull a... v.

[pull v. (3)]

in fig. uses, denoting forms of action.

(a) 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) .

[UK]Wodehouse ‘Crowned Heads’ in Man with Two Left Feet 101: I guess it was raw work pulling a tale like that on the old man.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 96: Why, he can pull a Raw One in mixed company and all the ladies’ll laugh their heads off.
[US]J. Tully Jarnegan (1928) 238: We’ll show ’em who can pull a fast shuffle.
[US]R. Sale ‘A Nose for News’ in Goulart (1967) 198: I realized that Harry Lyons [...] had pulled a sandy on me.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 184: pull a beef To commit an error.
[US]Lait & Mortimer USA Confidential 91: [They] decided to pull a steal and seal their control of City Hall.
[US]R. Chandler Long Good-Bye 171: Then she had gone inside and pulled a faint.
[US]Larner & Tefferteller Addict in the Street (1966) 177: When you pull a stunt like that they get mad.
[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 42: pull a ghost To disappear [...] ‘Nigger said he was goin’ to work and pulled a ghost on me’.

(b) (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.

[US]Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 12 Mar. 11/1: The WPA publicity man [...] threatening to pull a Joe Louis on a visiting guest.
[SA]IOL News (SA) 6 Apr. [Internet] They want to pull a David Copperfield with job creation, without actually engaging in some grey matter.

In phrases

pull a head (v.)

(Aus. Und.) to divert a bystander’s attention from a crime.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Apr. 45: He’s got the front and he can rave – a top mag – but just can’t pull a head.
pull a jones (v.) [generic use of Jones]

(US teen) to scrounge constantly from one’s friends; thus Mr/Mrs Jones, one who scrounges constantly.

Andre Boutin-Maloney ‘Dictionary’ on Smelly Chicken Wedgie Picker’s Association [Internet] Pull a Jones: To constantly take food or something from friends instead of buying it yourself. A girl who Joneses a lot is called Mrs. Jones, a guy that Joneses is a Mr. Jones.
pull a kite (v.) [? dial. kite-nipped, suffering from stomach cramps]

to make a face, to grimace.

[UK]Wild Boys of London I 238/2: ‘Wait a bit, you’ll see the guy pull a kite.’ ‘A what Sam?’ ‘A kite, a hugly ugly face I mean.’.
[UK] ‘’Arry on His Critics’ in Punch 17 Dec. 280/1: My mug, mate, was made for a larf, and you don’t ketch it pulling a kite.
pull a shot (v.)

to pursue a course of action, poss. deceitful or surprising.

[US]D. Mamet Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1994) 50: danny: What shot does she pull? bernie: The shot she is pulling is the following two things [etc.].
pull a will (v.) [ety. unknown; ? echoic; or ? SAmE pull a will, to shoot a basket in basketball]

(drugs) to vomit after excessive drug consumption.

[US] ‘Drug Sl. Vault’ on Erowid.org [Internet] Pull a will vomiting from too much drug use.