[Ads-l] _pull_ “seduce a girl/woman into prostitution”

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 20 15:58:02 UTC 2017

These cites from GDoS seem to be in the right ballpark.


pull, v.

(g) (US black) of a pimp, to enlist a new prostitute.
a.1954 [US] ‘Mexicana Rose’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 36: I was
traveling with my partner, Cocaine Smitty, / On our way to pull some whores
in Mexico City.
a.1964 [US] ‘Sugar Hill’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 93: So I ran down
a game to her that would trick the slickest of whores. / And by nightfall
I’d pulled her.
1970 [US] B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 109: I pulled this
little chick and moved out West and settled down out there.

(h) to lure a woman away from another man, esp. of a pimp.
1968 [US] N. Heard Howard Street 88: It was the big-timer who did the
pulling of others’ women.
1972 [US] Milner & Milner Black Players 148: He continued to joke and
banter, made mock attempts to ‘pull’ Christina.

On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 5:49 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> The HDAS files have this in print from (IIRC) ca1969.
> But since all the "pull" cites seem to have vanished from my computer, I
> can't prove it.
> Maybe Jesse can provide them.

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