One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of curtains) not drawn across the window; open.
- ‘Indeed, the position is that the curtains will be left undrawn with the cross on show as usual.’
- ‘Just within the window with the shades undrawn, sat a friend in lounging ease before an open fire, absorbed in his evening paper.’
- ‘Here I am, in my room, with the window shade undrawn, sitting on the windowsill, staring at my text book of world history.’
- ‘Upstairs the curtains are undrawn and I watch myself in a mist of cotton nightdress that hides scars, uneven troughs, veins that have discoloured skin with spidery purple tributaries.’
- ‘The idea seems all the more plausible given the number of green curtains, drawn and undrawn, elsewhere in Holbein's work, including in the Frick portrait of Thomas More.’
2(of money) not drawn from a bank account.
- ‘Despite the savage revenue decline, Lucent said it still expects to meet the covenants on its undrawn $1.5bn credit facility.’
- ‘Expansions would be funded through the company's balance sheet with more than $60 million in cash and undrawn borrowings and a fairly strong cash flow.’
- ‘One of the departments lagging behind was Finance itself, which was responsible for the European Regional Development Funds, which accounted for almost half of undrawn funds.’
- ‘Thus, at the beginning of 2004, undrawn bank credit lines to steel enterprises still stood at around 170 billion yuan.’
- ‘Billions of dollars have been provided in support of sector reforms and large undrawn balances remain available for utilization by the government.’
- ‘Chief executive Stephen Vernon said the company's gearing was just 64%, adding the company had more than €400 million in undrawn facilities to call on if the right opportunity arises.’
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