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Pull a permit

Posted by Baceseras on April 22, 2011 at 18:23

In Reply to: Pull a permit posted by Jim on April 22, 2011 at 08:14:

: In the U.S. when one seeks a permit for construction, he PULLS a permit. Any ideas as to origin?

[I suppose it comes from the practice of going to the city or county clerk's office and getting that official to pull the required forms from a file. In the ethereal realm of computer jargon, now too, we speak of "pulling" files, although no physical pulling is involved. - Baceseras.]