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to pull a [NAME]

other word formation type verb
to act in a manner similar to the person being mentioned. This often refers to some characteristic of the person being mentioned that is a trademark characteristic of theirs such as always interrupting people, telling cheesy jokes, or popping annoying gum bubbles. Usually used pejoratively, but sometimes also in a playful manner.
 
If the term is used in a derogatory fashion, then the person that is named is not present. If the person is present when this phrase is used, it was probably meant to be humorous and to zero in on a funny idiosyncracy.
Etymology : ‘pull’ meaning do or perform, was narrowed to doing only such as the person being mentioned does. The use of the person’s name in this phrase is metonymyic, because the person’s name is used to represent the person’s actions.
Source : “That joke was so cheesy. You just pulled a Drew.” (Duncan College, 10-10-11)
Last modified: 5 December 2011


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