pull out v.
1. to exaggerate.
|Modern Flash Dict. 26: Pull out – come it strong.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open [as cit. 1835].|
2. to leave [note SE pull out, to withdraw].
|Dodge City Times 4 Oct. in Why the West was Wild 456: While two of them [i.e. masked men] attacked the express car one of them mounted the engine. One of them ordered Hilton to ‘pull out’ and at the same instant sent a ball through his heart.|
|Saddle and Mocassin 125: Then Reid and Dan Patch pulled out – quiet as sick monkeys.|
|Freeborn County (Albert Lea, MN) Standard 31 Aug. 6/2: We says good-by [...] an’ I pulled out fer Californy.|
|Tramp Diary in Jack London On the Road (1979) 54: Am going to pull out in the morning.|
|Tramping with Tramps 332: She was simply stuck on pullin’ out that night.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 23 June 32/2: ‘Pull out, pull out,’ whispered Aggie, ‘it’s on’y the ole push. Slip-in without ’em seein’ yer.’.|
|Arizona Nights 7: There I [...] made a climb for the tall country, aiming to wait until dark, and then to pull out for Benson.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 106: You’re clearing – pulling out for England, ain’t you?|
|Aussie (France) XII Mar. 2/1: I’ll have to pull out now as I’m tracking square with Marie Flannelette.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 215: I want to stay here a couple of days. Then I’m gonna pull out.|
|(con. 1917–19) USA (1966) 397: ‘But honeybug,’ said Joe, ‘I’ve got to pull out at twelve.’.Nineteen Nineteen in|
|Circus of Dr Lao 88: What are you figgering on doing, Larry, when you pull out of this place?|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 72: For now, I’m pullin’ out.|
|Buckaroo’s Code (1948) 64: I couldn’t pull out now.|
|Corruption City 92: You got till tomorrow [...] to pull out.|
|Sel. Letters (1981) 888: Cuba is really bad now [...] Might pull out of there.letter 24 Nov. in Baker|
|Gone Fishin’ 83: That settles it. [...] I’m pulling out in the bloody mornin’.|
|Living Black 95: They pulled out.|
|in Norman (1921) 139: We decided that we would pull out at the end of the fortnight’s grace we had been given.|
|Legs 15: I’ll be pulling out in ten minutes.|
(Aus.) a phr. used to advise someone who finds themselves in a no-win position that the only sensible course of action is retreat.
|Aus. Accent 47: The message [passed to the minister by the Liberal whip] said: ‘Pull out, dig. The dogs are pissing on your swag!’.|
|Roy Murphy Show in Three Plays 103: Wake up, Col, the dogs are pissing on your bluey.|
|This Inch of Time 39: When his speech – a little heavy-handed – had gone on for some time, I saw Alan MacDonald, the opposition whip who sat next to me, scribble something on a piece of paper and bustle down the aisle and hand it to Harrison in full cry at the table. [...] Harrison took the paper gratefully and read it. Then he threw it down on the table, completed his speech in one sentence, and sat down abruptly. What MacDonald had written was, ‘Pull out digger, the dogs are pissing on your swag.’.|
|Sydney Morning Herald 2 May Good Weekend 14: ‘Pull out digger, the dogs are pissing on your swag’, was how Gareth Evans advised his Prime Minister [Mr Hawke] to retire.|
|Sydney Morning Herald 18 Dec. [Internet] With that in mind, [...] Gareth Evans, Gerry Hand and Robert Ray went to see Hawke in his office to persuade him, in the inimitable words of Gareth Evans, to ‘pull out, digger, the dogs are pissing on your swag’. Their advice was he should resign gracefully.|