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Hello. I watched a film set in New Zealand recently and I heard a sentence I´d appreciate your opinion on. I have an American friend who says she has never heard people say it that way in the U.S and she did not even know what it meant.

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The context is: Two friends talking. One of them complains about her boyfriend checking her phone without her concent for calls she might have made to other men. So her best friend says “you should pull your boyfriend up on that“.I´ve checked Macmilland dictionary online and it says “pulling someone up on something” means to critisize someone about something they are not doing well enough”. In this context I suppose it means critisizing her boyfriend for something not acceptable he´s been doing. I´ve also found other examples like “my teacher pulled me up on my spelling”.My American friend says she has never used or heard such a sentence structure. Instead she would say “you should call him out on that“.

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Could I have your opinion on the above.Thank you very much.

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Enquiring MindSenior Member
UK/Česká republika
English – the Queen's
Hi fabsir, to “pull someone up” on something is British (and therefore also probably NZ, AusE) English, as shown on the Oxford Dictionaries site here:pull somebody up
(British English, informal) to criticize somebody for something that they have done wrong.”Call someone out” is the AE equivalent, not used in BE in this sense. We call someone out in cricket, or in some other senses, but not in the sense of “pulling them up”.

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PaulQSenior Member
UK
English – England
I do not see that to pull someone up on something, is exactly the same as to call someone out on something.To pull someone up on something, = to stop someone by pointing out that what they have done does not meet with your approval or is not correct (and, often but not always, to chastise them.)to call someone out = to point out to someone that what they have done is unacceptable, or expose their action as unacceptable.(Crosspost with EM)

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sound shiftSenior Member
Derby (central England)
English – England
Paul makes a good point by when he says that pulling someone up on something involves stopping someone. It”s a serious omission from the dictionary definition quoted by Enquiring Mind.

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Enquiring MindSenior Member
UK/Česká republika
English – the Queen's
Not sure I”d agree there, sound shift. If someone pulls me up on my spelling (it doesn”t happen often

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), they don”t stop me, they point out my mistake, don”t you think?

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