Your friend got four free front-row tickets to a big rock concert. You're surprised that he was able to get them. You ask:
How'd you manage to pull that off?
"How'd" is a contraction of "How did".
"How'd she get out of the house?" Bobby asked, accusingly.
The phrase "managed to ___" means that someone succeeded in doing something, even though it was difficult. For example, if the industry you work in has been going through a bad period, but you've continued to make money, you can say:
Here's another example:
Use "pull it off" or "pull that off" when you're talking about trying something difficult or risky, but succeeding. For example, you can "pull off":
- a dangerous skateboarding trick
- getting a really beautiful woman's phone number
- passing a test that you only started studying for the night before
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