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Pull it off

Posted by Smokey Stover on April 07, 2010 at 13:45

In Reply to: Pull it off posted by Travis Hawkins on April 06, 2010 at 07:23:

: I've been searching for the meaning of "Pull it off". As in, the team was 10 points behind but they pulled it off in the last inning. When searching I find many references to it being used but none with an explanation of how it came to be. I completely understand the meaning of it, but wonder how it came to be.

: Thanks in advance for your help on this one

The only help I can give you is that the expression, with the meaning you impute to it, has been used in that way since the last half of the 19th century. There is a newer phrase with a similar meaning, "pull it out," which also defies explanation. (Both phrases also have literal meanings, which is not the point here.)