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    meaning of "pull off"

    Dear all,

    I'm reading The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett and one of the characters is described as follows:

    "...before becoming the Courierís womenís editor (a title that surely only a man as vivid and masculine as Frank could pull off ), he was its arts editor, and still reserves a particular affection for jazz."

    Among the definitions of "to pull off" I found in the dictionary, I suppose "to succeed in doing something that is difficult" is more suitable for this context. But then, I don't understand why only a "masculine" man could succeed in working as the "women's" editor of a newspaper. Can anybody explain what "pull off" means exactly or what the idea of this sentence is for me?

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    Re: meaning of "pull off"

    Quote Originally Posted by KuaiLe View Post
    "to succeed in doing something that is difficult"
    That's correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by KuaiLe View Post
    But then, I don't understand why only a "masculine" man could succeed in working as the "women's" editor of a newspaper.
    I think there may be some sarcasm involved, especially given the unusual title "women's editor."

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