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Related to pull punches: cut some slack, rolls with the punches


1. to strain a muscle.
2. the injury sustained in a muscle strain.


verb To remove a drug from the marketplace, usually because of adverse reactions.
Sexology verb
A primarily British usage, meaning:
(1) To kiss someone;
(2) To initiate a seduction;
(3) To attract (pull) a sexually desirable person in one’s immediate surroundings.


A colloquial term for a muscle strain.


to remove a sick animal from a pen in a feedlot for treatment. See also daily pull and dead records.

pull rate
a daily percentage of the cattle in a feedlot which are pulled out of the feeding pens and relegated to the hospital yards or sent for emergency slaughter.

Patient discussion about pull

Q. Pulling pain in anus. Dear friends, I am 32. I feel a Pulling pain in anus sometimes while i finish passing stool and some times when i sit for long time. No bleeding so far. Is it a symptoms of piles? If so what can be done to cure it without going to doctor or operation. Please help me. This pain makes me to feel that i am very old.

A. horsechestnut is supposed to help...here is some info about it:

but i wouldn't get my hopes high.

Q. What would you do if a friend showed up to your house and pulled out a quarter pound of cocaine? True story: What would you do if a friend showed up to your house and pulled out a quarter pound of cocaine, and a bunch of other narcotics all bagged up individually, and then asked if you wanted the first go at them?

A. First of all, I'd probably go ‘Hey, what do you think you are DOING with all that! And why the hell are you at my house with this load of rubbish?? But then I'd probably calm down a bit, and we'd go round to the police station, just round the corner from my place and hand it in. I have a lot more conscience now than I used to and there is no way I am going to encourage a situation like this!

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Dennis was in no mood to pull punches after the crisis-hit Kirkcaldy club's 2-0 defeat at Partick Thistle on Saturday left Rovers with the worst record in British football.
Time after time I had to pull punches when we were discussing asylum seekers, young offenders, and The Crime (Sentences) Act - on all of which the Tories have a very poor record - as it just didn't seem fair (there's that word again) to attack someone who was quite clearly trying to put his past behind him, and make amends.
It also has a mission - to make music great again - and isn't slow to pull punches against the failings of an industry that's now more about commercialism than creativity.
Unlike many books on the subject, Stone doesn't pull punches.
CORK selector Paddy Sheehan was in no mood to pull punches as he stood surrounded by reporters in the bowels of Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Missy's image is that of a sassy, streetwise black woman who doesn't pull punches and tells it as it is.
Gilliam doesn't pull punches, and he does name names, from the honchos at Film Finances to Rhino Films, and includes the claim that Johnny Depp, on "Fear and Loathing," had wanted a clause in his contract giving him permission to insist that if a certain Rhino exec "ever came on the set, he would be required to drop his trousers and Johnny would whip him with a wire coat hanger.
Footballers such as Billy Bremner and Gordon Strachan were feted for their volatile temperaments and coaches like Alex McLeish and Tommy Burns never pull punches.
In case Lueshing's less opulent contemporaries are wondering why J B Weld Adhesives lavished their riches on him, of all people, let's not pull punches - it's because his face fits.