You're pulling the varnish right off the walnut.

I guess right off means from. Is it right? Or what does that mean, please?

You're pulling the varnish from the walnut?


The comment left by @whitecap points to the phrasal verb in this sentence (namely, pull off).

Eliminate the word right, and we have:

You're pulling the varnish off the walnut.

The word right in this context means "directly" or "straight from":

You're pulling the varnish directly off the walnut.

You're pulling the varnish straight off the walnut.

The word right has several usages and meanings, so it is tricky to link this to a dictionary definition. However, here is one I think is pretty close:

right (adv.) exactly; just: The accident happened right over there.

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It means right away, without hesitation:

Right off:

immediately; right away


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    Indeed, the phrase right off can mean "right away" – but I don't think that's the meaning in the OP's sentence. – J.R. Dec 1 '17 at 23:20

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