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    Default Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

    I have a question regarding the phrasal verb "pull off". I have tried searching in the forums, but I can't find the answer. Any help would be much appreciated!

    Here is a sample sentence.
    "I can't believe he actually pulled it off."
    As you can see, "pull off" in this context means to do something successfully in spite of the odds.

    Here is my question, is there another phrasal verb that you can use instead of "pull off"? I am a native English speaker, but I am stumped!

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

    * Not a teacher

    Other possibilities: carry out, carry off.
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    Not a native speaker.
    Just a language lover who is majoring in English.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    * Not a teacher

    Other possibilities: carry out, carry off.
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    IMO, "carry out" has a slightly different meaning than "pull/bring/carry sth off". Also, in my book, it is a bit more formal than "pull/bring/carry sth off".
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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

    Thanks for the quick reply! To be honest, I don't think I have ever heard of the phrasal verb "bring something off" before! I just learned a new phrasal verb. Is "bring something off" commonly used? Any insight would be helpful. Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
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    IMO, "carry out" has a slightly different meaning than "pull/bring/carry sth off". Also, in my book, it is a bit more formal than "pull/bring/carry sth off".
    Thanks for the reply!
    I also agree that "carry out" has a slightly different meaning, but thanks regardless!

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

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    I hear "bring it off" sometimes in informal AmE. COCA lists 40 examples of "bring [determiner|noun|pronoun] off", "bring it off" having the most hits (21). IMO, it is usually used in spoken form as it is fairly informal.
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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

    It's used in BrE.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

    I can't believe he actually made it. ??(Not sure though. I learnt this phrasal verb "make it" from a song)


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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "Pull off"

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    I hear "bring it off" sometimes in informal AmE. COCA lists 40 examples of "bring [determiner|noun|pronoun] off", "bring it off" having the most hits (21). IMO, it is usually used in spoken form as it is fairly informal.
    Oxford dictionary is dictionary for BrE.

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