What is the Meaning of PULL OVER?
for English Language Learners (ELL) – those learning to speak English as a Second Language (ESL), or English as an Additional Language (EAL)
pull someone/something over
This means to drive a vehicle to the side of the road and stop, or (as in example 2) it means the police make someone drive their vehicle to the side of the road and stop.
1. Sometimes, when people pull over on a highway, it’s dangerous.
2. The police pulled her over because she was talking on her cell phone while driving.
3. I heard a strange noise so I pulled my car over and turned off the ignition.
When you use this phrasal verb in the passive voice (and you do not say WHO pulled someone over), it is assumed that a policeman is the subject.
Example: (PULLED OVER – passive voice)
He got pulled over for speeding.
|present –||PULL OVER|
|present participle –||PULLING OVER|
|past –||PULLED OVER|
|past participle –||PULLED OVER|