Definition of drag someone/something down in English:

drag someone/something down

phrasal verb

  • Bring someone or something to a lower level or standard.

    ‘the economy will be dragged down by inefficient firms’
    • ‘This, in turn, has led to a slump in consumer spending, which has further dragged the economy down.’
    • ‘A bunch of usually reliable comedians are dragged down to the film's level.’
    • ‘He'll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.’
    • ‘The Institute of Directors sees the cut as a way of preventing the global downturn from dragging the demostic economy down with it.’
    • ‘The owner of a low-budget holiday camp, is dragging the club down to his level.’
    • ‘She drags the overall film down to the level of mediocrity, so that what we're left with is a decent TV movie, but nothing more.’
    • ‘High debt levels, aggressive accounting policies and a challenging operating environment this year dragged the shares down to their lowest levels in seven years.’
    • ‘They tend to drag the opposition down to their level and bore them into submission.’
    • ‘Great popular music is far more than that, and if we knew what was good for us we'd be aspiring to its genius rather than dragging it down to our humdrum level.’
    • ‘In a similar way, the abuser tries to drag their partner down to their level.’
    • ‘This is a bloke who has achieved every dream he ever had, and he's done it by dragging the country down to his level, rather than urging us on to greater heights.’
    • ‘I'll leave that to the gang of pie-in-the-sky crusaders who crawled out of the woodwork in force this week claiming the game has been dragged down to irreparable levels.’
    • ‘I'm concerned that this school will be dragged down to the level of the other two.’
    • ‘Last year one child did not achieve level four in English, dragging the mark down by four percentage points.’
    • ‘If we start thinking about relegation we will be dragged down there.’
    • ‘That discipline has to be applied across all categories otherwise the economy will be dragged down by the burden of funding a highly inefficient public sector, she said.’
    • ‘They accuse me of barbarism: I want to drag England down to the level of savages.’
    • ‘It got a bit silly and niggly at times as they tried to break us mentally and drag us down to their level.’
    • ‘We cannot let them drag us down to their level, where violence is the only way to solve problems.’
    • ‘These yobs are dragging us down to their level.’