One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make something last longer.‘the transition was long and drawn out’
prolong, protract, drag out, stretch out, spin out, string out, make something go on and on, extend, extend the duration of, lengthen, carry on, keep going, keep alive, continueView synonyms
- ‘With a blatancy typical of the man, it takes a 27-bar ‘matrix’ for violins and woodwind and draws it out, seamlessly, virtuosically, for nearly half an hour.’
- ‘The account of a Christmas dinner chez Bucks, for example, is brilliantly executed but the agony is drawn out until it's unbearable, until you're made to feel unwelcome.’
- ‘And, like the pretty girl trying to decide who to go to the Prom with, he is drawing his decision out.’
- ‘You didn't just let go of her hand either mate, you drew it out as though you were being pulled away from the love of your life.’
- ‘Thats what's bad, you know she's gonna do it, and it draws it out, that was a real ‘watch through the fingers’ moment, more due to the anticipation than else.’
- ‘With only three songs under 4: 30, the ten tracks are drawn out.’
- ‘His presentation was too complicated, his menus were drawn out and his plate composition was fussy.’
- ‘Far too many shots are drawn out too lengthily and his selection of long shot vs. medium shot vs. close-up is questionable.’
- ‘It may not prove possible to reach agreement by the close of the meeting, in which case negotiations could be drawn out until next spring.’
- ‘With each retelling, he draws the silences out a little further and intones each word more forcefully.’
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