pull through

pull through (plural pull throughs)

  1. A length of cord about a metre long with a narrow cylindrical weight at one end and loops at the other. Used for cleaning rifle barrels, by pulling through a piece of cloth.

pull through

  1. to come through pain and trouble through perseverance
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, ch. 26,
      At one time it looked as though he could not live more than a few hours, and I am convinced that it was only through the Dutchman's doggedness that he pulled through.
  2. to clean the barrel of a firearm using a pull through

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