Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pull down v.

1. (Aus./UK Und.) to steal.

[UK]H. Brandon Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 167: I speeled to the crib, where I found Jim had been pulling down sawney for grub.
[UK]J. Archbold Magistrate’s Assistant (3rd edn) 446: To steal from shop doors – to pull down.
[Aus] gloss. in Occurence Book of York River Lockup in Seal (1999) 37: I pulled down a fan and a roll of snow.
[Aus]Sydney Sl. Dict. 9/2: Dick went pulling down sawney for grub last week, when a cop pinched him. He’s gone in the country for a rest. Dick went stealing bacon from shop-doors for food last week, when a policeman arrested him. He’s gone to jail for one year.

2. to provide (with).

[US]Elmore James ‘Fine Little Mama’ [lyrics] She’s my red-hot mama / And she sure can pull me down.

3. (also pull) to earn, usu. money, e.g. I pulled down £500.

[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 193: Didn’t pull down a dollar from one of them.
[US]A.H. Lewis Boss 108–9: Your instinct is to pull down each day’s beef each day.
[US]Ade Knocking the Neighbors 154: She was not pulling down any Ribbons at Beauty Shows.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 15 Aug. 24/2: He pulls down a salary of $6,000 a week.
[UK]Wodehouse ‘The Mixer’ in Man with Two Left Feet 75: They aren’t keen on dogs here unless they’ve pulled down enough blue ribbons to sink a ship, and mongrels [...] don’t last long.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 204–6: If a Pin-Head in a Plaid Ulster could take a Hoodoo Location in a Comatose Neighbourhood and pull down real Velvet, it was a Cinch that he had a sure-fire Commodity.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 70: He is now pulling down $5,000 as an Osteo-vitalic Physician.
[US]Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 11 Jan. 7/1: Jay C. Higginbotham [...] is now [...] pulling down less than fifty.
[US]G. Marx in Groucho Letters (1967) 183: I have never pulled down any dough that has ever remotely touched this figure.
[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 49: A lot of young bums were getting away with murder to pull down the $4,000 television money.
[US]P. Marshall Brown Girl, Brownstones (1960) 39: You can know all the accounting there is, these people still not gon have you up in their fancy office and pulling down the same money as them.
[US](con. 1930s) R. Wright Lawd Today 154: She had a damn good job and was pulling down fifteen bucks a week.
[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 21: He himself in his mid-twenties had been pulling down twenty-five thousand a year.
[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 72: A succession of Armani’d mooks who pulled down all kinds of money.
[UK]Observer 18 July 23: He is now [...] pulling down a salary bigger than his previous one.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 239: Nuthin like a good mystery, pardner. Why we pull down the big bucks.
[UK]C. Brookmyre Be My Enemy 127: I’m not sure what the fuck I do either, but I’m pulling down six figures, so it must be pretty important.

4. to win money.

[US]H. Blossom Checkers 43: I’m a goat if it did n’t win, and I pulled down a thousand.
[US]J. Scarne Complete Guide to Gambling 688: Pull Down – to take down or pocket all or part of a wager just won.