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    on the move/on waiver/pull off

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    His violent temper and his enormous energy soon became proverbial; he was constantly on the move, surprising friend and foe and exhausting his followers by his long journeys.

    It was vacation time, and the highways were full of families on the move.

    on the move = going from one place to another, traveling

    It was a very cold day, and the teacher watching the playground kept on the move to stay warm.

    on the move = moving around from place to place; in motion

    The candidate promised that if people would make him president, he would get the country on the move.

    Their technology is clearly on the move.

    on the move = moving forward; making progress, advancing

    A nurse is on the move all day long.

    on the move = busily moving about, very active

    I must first put the player on waiver.

    on waiver = in a state of being available for claiming by other professional clubs

    There's a piece of thread on your skirt; let me pull it off.

    pull off = take off

    Help me to pull off these muddy boots.

    pull off = take off

    If some other team claims the player I will pull the player off the waver list and not make the trade.

    pull off = cancel

    The boat pulled off from the shore.

    pull off = push off

    I never thought we'd ever stage this play, but somehow we pulled it off.

    After failing his driving test eight times, John at last pulled it off.

    pull off = accomplish, bring off, especially in the face of difficulties or at the last minute

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: on the move/on waiver/pull off

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    His violent temper and his enormous energy soon became proverbial; he was constantly on the move, surprising friend and foe and exhausting his followers by his long journeys.

    It was vacation time, and the highways were full of families on the move.

    on the move = going from one place to another, traveling

    It was a very cold day, and the teacher watching the playground kept on the move to stay warm.

    on the move = moving around from place to place; in motion

    The candidate promised that if people would make him president, he would get the country on the move.

    Their technology is clearly on the move.

    on the move = moving forward; making progress, advancing

    A nurse is on the move all day long.

    on the move = busily moving about, very active

    I must first put the player on waiver.

    on waiver = in a state of being available for claiming by other professional clubs

    There's a piece of thread on your skirt; let me pull it off.

    pull off = take off

    Help me to pull off these muddy boots.

    pull off = take off

    If some other team claims the player I will pull the player off the waver list and not make the trade.

    pull off = cancel I would say "remove"

    The boat pulled off from the shore.

    pull off = push off This is correct, but pulled off implies it was doing so by its own power.

    I never thought we'd ever stage this play, but somehow we pulled it off.

    After failing his driving test eight times, John at last pulled it off.

    pull off = accomplish, bring off, especially in the face of difficulties or at the last minute

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Yes, these are fine.

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