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    pull off something

    Top 10 Actors Who Can Pull Off Foreign Accents


    What does "pull off" mean? Does the title of the video mean top 10 actors who can speak English with foreign accents difficult to learn?

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    Re: pull off something

    It means they can speak English with the accent of a non-native speaker convincingly and consistently. Paradoxically, when you assume an accent you can be said to be putting it on.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: pull off something

    The idiom "pull off" is much more general than accents. Whenever people succeed in doing something that the world expected them to find difficult or impossible, we say that they pulled it off. An important idiom to learn.

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    Re: pull off something

    Here's a famous case of someone not pulling off a good accent:
    https://youtu.be/B_rVzBt20N0?t=25

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