Definition of drag in US English:



  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Pull (someone or something) along forcefully, roughly, or with difficulty.

    ‘we dragged the boat up the beach’
    figurative ‘I dragged my eyes away’
    • ‘I dragged my heavy feet along the floor as I went to switch it off.’
    • ‘I wasn't close enough to see much detail, but he just seemed to wander out of the way, dragging his bike along with him.’
    • ‘From 230,000 miles away, the moon's gravity pulls the Earth, dragging the ocean outwards in a bulge of water that creates a tide.’
    • ‘He pulled her up and dragged her along to where the doctor was standing, and continued holding her hand.’
    • ‘I won't, she murmured, dragging the bloody tissue roughly across her cheeks.’
    • ‘And with that, Kel dragged her twin forcefully out of their front door before their mother could say anything else.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, nine volunteers dragged a seven-ton truck along two miles of road to raise money for the appeal.’
    • ‘I climbed around under the tree, dragging the rake along with me.’
    • ‘The pull of a chain drags a ferry across the tiny Verugal River crossing, barely 100-metres wide.’
    • ‘Handling children roughly by dragging them along by their arms was totally inappropriate behaviour and potentially dangerous to the child or children concerned.’
    • ‘He pulled on her roughly, trying to drag her back towards the shore, but wasn't making very good progress.’
    • ‘She pulled herself to her feet and dragged her sword along with her.’
    • ‘It's a lot of pushing and pulling and dragging players along with you.’
    • ‘Running back to the door, Stephanie drags the heavy chest she was sitting by which makes a screeching sound as it moves across the linoleum floor.’
    • ‘Travel agency staff in Bradford have helped the Lord Mayor's appeal for an outdoors activity charity take-off by dragging a plane along a runway.’
    • ‘She walked with great difficulty, dragging her left leg behind her.’
    • ‘He slapped his palms down on the floor and pulled, dragging his body towards the bathroom's exit.’
    • ‘First I was chilled, then hot, then so weak I could barely pull myself out to drag our boat over sand shallows.’
    • ‘They dragged the cart along the sidewalk, up two flights of stairs, across the hallway and into our dorm room.’
    • ‘Verek was walking with difficulty, dragging a body along side him.’
    haul, pull, draw, tug, heave, trail, trawl, tow
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    1. 1.1 Take (someone) to or from a place or event, despite their reluctance.
      ‘my girlfriend is dragging me off to Atlantic City for a week’
      • ‘Two years ago, I was dragged, somewhat reluctantly, to my first meeting by a very enthusiastic friend.’
      • ‘As soon as he arrived home from the University, I dragged him to look at the tunnel, despite Pride's objections.’
      • ‘He was an incredibly focused man (the personification of practicality) so much so that his friends had to drag him to any social event he ever attended.’
      • ‘She dragged him onto the floor despite his protests and silenced him with an explanation.’
      • ‘It also meant that, as her best friend, I was usually dragged to whatever event that gossip may lead her too.’
      • ‘However, the prospect of dragging a reluctant teenager around may put off most parents before you've even left the house.’
      • ‘His excuses included that he was tired, his girlfriend was dragging him to meet with the caterer or he didn't want to go outside in the rain.’
      • ‘Yeah, my girlfriend dragged me to exercise this morning, actually.’
      • ‘Eventually, one of the other guys' girlfriends would intrude on them and drag her boyfriend off to dance.’
      • ‘It is also a sober commentary on an event that has dragged the town once again into the limelight.’
      • ‘I see Christy grin as she drags a reluctant Mike onto the dance floor.’
      • ‘A few nights later, he is dragged reluctantly to the theatre, where Clara has the lead, and he is captivated by her.’
      • ‘Like a mad tugboat, my friend Michael nonetheless seemed eager to drag me to the event.’
      • ‘He drags David to the event, and ends up proposing to his new girlfriend.’
      • ‘When your friend dragged you away, I reluctantly watched you leave.’
      • ‘You have just discover that this is only useful in the classes that your girlfriend dragged you to!’
      • ‘More wine and schmoozing and I meet loads of lovely people until my girlfriend dutifully drags me home at 1am.’
      • ‘Kapera dragged the gray-eyed agent away despite his protests.’
      • ‘Despite having so many professors of hindsight we are still dragged through review after review.’
      • ‘Some of them no doubt wonder whether we are the sort of parents who drag their children from one important cultural event to another, no matter how bored they are.’
    2. 1.2drag oneself Go somewhere wearily, reluctantly, or with difficulty.
      ‘I have to drag myself out of bed each day’
      • ‘Reluctantly he dragged himself to his feet and staggered into the kitchen.’
      • ‘The church is dragging itself, however reluctantly in some quarters, into the 21st century.’
      • ‘Wearily, the others followed him, practically dragging themselves up the wooden steps.’
      • ‘Getting up reluctantly, I dragged myself to the door and opened it.’
      • ‘The weight of her wet clothes made it difficult to drag herself out of the water, but Annabelle managed.’
      • ‘Reluctantly we dragged ourselves away from bashing rock solid flowers frozen to minus 196 degrees Celsius.’
      • ‘At this, a couple of selection team hopefuls get up and reluctantly drag themselves from the room.’
      • ‘It was with the greatest reluctance that I dragged myself into consciousness after my nap this afternoon to go pay a visit to Graham's parents.’
      • ‘Reluctantly, I drag myself from the security of sleep.’
      • ‘The door swung open and Kata walked in, dragging herself across the room to flop down on the couch, exhaling loudly.’
      • ‘Always ride with at least one friend (it can be very difficult to drag yourself and your bike 10 miles out of a trail with a broken leg).’
      • ‘When I did drag myself out for a walk - we were in downtown Hollywood - I was fascinated to recognise that many of the back alleys and car lots of some of those ancient two-reelers were still in existence.’
      • ‘Wearily, I got up and dragged myself into the hall, taking my can of beer with me.’
      • ‘She had difficulty dragging herself out of bed.’
      • ‘Usually, but reluctantly, they drag themselves downstairs.’
      • ‘Reluctantly, she dragged herself out of bed and shuffled into the bathroom.’
      • ‘It was difficult to drag myself from this remarkable family.’
      • ‘I found it very difficult to drag myself back to the office after that, so after a quick conference with Paul I booked some holiday for mid-July when I got back to my desk and immediately felt better about things.’
      • ‘He dragged himself up the walk, dimly noticing that the front window was covered with condensation.’
      • ‘Jesse dragged herself inside with visible reluctance at the last second before our teacher entered and shuffled her way over to our table, glaring at me the whole while.’
    3. 1.3 Move (an icon or other image) across a computer screen using a tool such as a mouse.
      • ‘The company also announces it will create an operating system based on dragging and clicking on computer screen icons.’
      • ‘The data visualization tool allowed me to drag my mouse over the various ski resorts and see the skiing conditions, including snowfall and depth.’
      • ‘If you'd like to move your text, click and hold your left mouse button to drag your text to your desired position.’
      • ‘In graphical editors, to change a block of text, click and drag the mouse to highlight the text, then click an icon or menu option or type a keyboard shortcut.’
      • ‘A window can be dragged between desktops (onto the same relative page) in this manner.’
      • ‘Internet Radio stations are added by browsing to the website, and dragging the icon of the desired station into the drop window.’
      • ‘If you'd like to move your text, click and hold your left mouse button directly over your text to drag it to your desired position.’
      • ‘This window cannot be dragged out of the screen unless you disable a corresponding check.’
      • ‘Click and drag this from one image into the second one.’
      • ‘An example of improved user-friendliness is that live images can now be dragged, zoomed, and centered.’
      • ‘To remove individual desktop icons from your desktop, you can drag the icon to the Recycle Bin or you can right-click on the shortcut and select Delete.’
      • ‘Once you've identified your clip, just drag the mouse cursor over the area you want.’
      • ‘If your mouse pointer is moving too fast, drag the slider to the slower side.’
      • ‘The image deformation tools let you drag the corners of a 2D image to deform it, perhaps to change or emphasize perspective effects.’
      • ‘It includes such functions as dragging icons between folders, resizing windows inside the browser, sorting data easily and the like.’
      • ‘The interface reflects this, and you are able to easily select players and assign them units, or just drag the player's icon over the group.’
      • ‘He drags the icon for the software that was on the desktop to the zip drive.’
      • ‘As soon as the Move command starts and a ghost image appears as you drag the entities, the entities are regenerated so they appear as boxes.’
      • ‘Using this program, I can give you a feature where you can drag a picture from the desktop into an article.’
      • ‘In the Edit mode, click on the scene you want to move, hold down the mouse button and drag it to the required place in the Storyboard list.’
    4. 1.4no object (of a person's clothes or an animal's tail) trail along the ground.
      ‘the nuns walked in meditation, their habits dragging on the grass’
      • ‘She moved, instead, past her mother's room and to her own, the hem of her fine red dress dragging, wet and dirty, on the clean floor behind her.’
      • ‘She wore a beautiful red and white gown that dragged across the ground.’
      • ‘His tail almost dragged upon the gleaming floor, black and braided as well.’
      • ‘I followed him silently, my dress dragging slightly on the carpet behind me.’
      • ‘Cherry strolled slowly, her dark red skirt dragging along the ground.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, in a castle that shouldn't be there, they were holding one of Luke's arms each, letting his feet drag along the ground.’
      • ‘Her ghoulish black clothing dragged tragically along the ground.’
      • ‘One last stop is required, right about the time my feet begin to hurt and my shopping bag is dragging along the ground.’
      • ‘Depending on the severity of a collision you will end up with crumpled doors, shattered glass or even bumpers and skirts dragging in a trail of sparks behind you.’
      • ‘Taidra quickly moved to her closet door, her servant dress dragging along the ground.’
      • ‘Her wolfish tail dragged across the ground like a meek puppy, even though her colorless eyes sparkled with strength.’
      • ‘The skirt of her dark blue gown dragged along the floor, collecting a little dust, but Lilatte hardly noticed.’
      • ‘It was far too big for her, and the sleeves dragged, as it had belonged to her grandmother as a girl.’
      • ‘His scaled tail dragging behind me, I carried him awkwardly to his mother.’
      • ‘Her comrades were much broader in size, both carrying enormous cannon weapons that dragged along the ground behind them as they marched on.’
      • ‘As it slunk back off into the forest, another shadow crawled down from a tree, its long arms dragging along the ground behind it as it went.’
      • ‘That was the last thing that she needed, her coat dragging along outside and getting even more abused than it already was.’
      • ‘My cloak dragged along the dusty floor; I followed the rest of them.’
      • ‘A fin down its back ends in another larger tail dragging behind it.’
      • ‘Kenji's tennis shoes dragged against the ground hopelessly.’
    5. 1.5drag atno object Catch hold of and pull (something)
      ‘desperately, Jinny dragged at his arm’
      • ‘I struggled through on belly and elbows, cobwebs dragging at my hair.’
      • ‘Quickly, he slid his face against his left arm, dragging at the velvet.’
      • ‘They swarmed up the levelled rock blockage, pushed through the gap that Tiffany had blasted, dragging at rock that crumbled at their touch.’
      • ‘Exhaustion was dragging at her as the grate of the panel sounded, but she clung to that thought, stumbling forward.’
      • ‘She brings it regardless, ignoring the way it drags at her hand and tangles in her nightgown.’
      • ‘An arm wriggled under one of his knees, and after a bit of work, she shoved it free and raised it to grab a hunk of hair, dragging at his head.’
      • ‘Wrinkles were starting at the corner of her eyes and around the edges of her mouth, showing the effect of hundreds of years of gravity dragging at skin and bone.’
      • ‘As she paced, passing random strangers on the 17th Avenue sidewalk, the wind slapped at her and the pack dragged at her shoulder muscles.’
      • ‘The mesh cuts into my fingers and drags at my wrists.’
      • ‘Improvised fibre rope leashes were around their necks and the owner, who was sitting on his haunches, dragging at a beedi with great determination, held the other ends.’
      • ‘Numair stood inside with fatigue visibly dragging at him, the circles under his eyes more pronounced and a constant tremor in his hands.’
      • ‘For all this fascinating detail, though, the perceived need to create interest where no such need exists drags at this book's heels.’
      • ‘They are outwardly charming but ultimately ruled by darker forces, like the fierce undertow that pulls and drags at the coast of the Breton island where this beguiling novel is set.’
      • ‘With the considerable football hype that is pulling and dragging at his sporting consciousness, it is vital that the senior hurlers are not overlooked.’
      • ‘I grew tired, the heavy weight of the sword dragged at my waning strength.’
      • ‘Best-known and worst-conceived was the spell of No 1 Field Punishment, where he was strapped to a post for four hours a day, placed so that his weight dragged at his shoulders and back.’
      • ‘Max and the black Doberman made eye contact, but the dog did not give him away rather it was spooked by the eyes it looked into and dragged at its lead away from Max.’
      • ‘The rain had fallen hard and fast and then moved out of the area quickly, leaving behind a heavy sultriness that pulled and dragged at them.’
      • ‘Then, just for a few hours, we can dream that we have a magic wand to wave, that in one leap we can be free of all the clutter that drags at our heels.’
      • ‘He once said to me ‘I can't understand fellows pulling and dragging at a player, if you go for a ball don't waste petrol, make one journey.’’
    6. 1.6no object Engage in a drag race.
      ‘they were caught dragging on Francis Lewis Blvd’
    7. 1.7 (of a ship) trail (an anchor) along the seabed, causing the ship to drift.
      • ‘Not only did it not pull its weight, but it was like an anchor that had to be dragged around by the rest of the team.’
      • ‘Her propeller shaft was fouled and she was dragging her anchor, so Endurance, some 25 miles away when the call went out, closed in at top speed to act as on-scene commander.’
      • ‘Many a boat has dragged anchor and been smashed to pieces there.’
      • ‘Anchoring in Bressay Sound to the south of Lerwick, they have a habit of dragging anchor in heavy storms and failing to get their engines started due to sloppy maintenance.’
      • ‘Three people were rescued in hurricane force winds today, after a yacht from London began dragging its anchor east of Hunda Sound, off Burray.’
      • ‘The crew made a distress call after their 47 foot yacht started dragging its anchor and was in danger of going ashore onto the rocks.’
    8. 1.8no object (of an anchor) fail to hold, causing a ship or boat to drift.
      • ‘You are set for the night, unless the wind picks up and/or the tidal current causes your anchor to drag.’
      • ‘But once that expectational anchor began to drag, unions had reason to fear that inflation, once ignited, would persist.’
      • ‘In 1920 two were dispatched to the depths and the rest were left at anchor, until a storm early the next year caused their anchors to drag and chains to break.’
      • ‘He took the commuter to a distance and watched as tide, now fully rushing into the gap, carried the pilot-less craft along until her dragging anchor snagged a rock.’
      • ‘This allows a user to input the swing and drag circles and activates an alarm if the anchor begins to drag or another ship is about to move within the danger circle.’
    9. 1.9 Search the bottom of (a river, lake, or the sea) with grapnels or nets.
      ‘frogmen had dragged the local river’
      • ‘Lochs and rivers have been dragged by police divers, and mountain rescue teams have been called out to search the wild Argyll terrain for his body - but to no avail.’
      search, comb, hunt through, rummage through, sift through, go through with a fine-tooth comb, root through, rake through, leave no stone unturned, mine, look all over, look high and low in
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  • 2no object (of time, events, or activities) pass slowly and tediously.

    ‘the day dragged—eventually it was time for bed’
    • ‘How long those drawn-out minutes feel, as they seem to drag into hours, the poignancy of the story lost in the padding, the emotions dulled by the sheer boredom of so much of the text.’
    • ‘The problem is, the months seem to drag by so slowly that it's driving me up the wall.’
    • ‘Both of them, dead, and yet for him his own painful, bloodstained existence dragged slowly on.’
    • ‘Other people might know more than the tender about Meyin, and he planned to ask around, but he knew that the next nine and a half hours would drag by excruciatingly slowly.’
    • ‘The time dragged so slowly that afternoon, I stared at the clock several times, and at one point it seemed like time had stopped altogether.’
    • ‘If time flies when you're having fun, it drags interminably when you're waiting to get a party started, according to the players who have been stuck in the wings this week.’
    • ‘The next few classes dragged by slowly and after the day was over she felt physically drained.’
    • ‘I don't know about you, but somehow this week seems to be dragging along slowly to me.’
    • ‘The days dragged by slowly and every day she missed her parents more and more.’
    • ‘The rest of the day dragged by, and eventually came to the bus ride home.’
    • ‘The next two days dragged along slowly as the jeep ate up the miles to the chuck wagon.’
    • ‘She felt herself nodding off to sleep as the minutes dragged slowly by.’
    • ‘Sunday dragged slowly on and it was a surprise when Frank phoned and told me we were going to leave early, as the captain had seen a big shoal of mackerel whilst on the way in.’
    • ‘Time had dragged obscenely slowly since he woke up almost a week earlier in the French army hospital.’
    • ‘The evening seemed to drag by slowly, like a slug carrying a weight on it's back.’
    • ‘Time dragged slowly but somehow the hour passed, and the time came to go on through to the hall where the gig was being held.’
    • ‘It was the most perfect place he could imagine, and the days before he left dragged more slowly then any had ever before.’
    become tedious, appear to pass slowly, go slowly, move slowly, creep along, limp along, crawl, hang heavy, go at a snail's pace, wear on, go on too long, go on and on
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    1. 2.1 (of a process or situation) continue at tedious and unnecessary length.
      ‘the dispute between the two families dragged on for years’
      • ‘We consider that the science is clear but, regrettably, the whole process has dragged on too long.’
      • ‘Instead of ending with a quick defeat, the war dragged on.’
      • ‘The process to getting a second operator has dragged on for three years now.’
      • ‘‘Things have dragged on for so long it could be classified as derelict,’ he said.’
      • ‘This process dragged on for over a year, while at the same time in the city, the gas and heating were cut off.’
      • ‘The suit dragged on for years during which the tribes and government did not distinguish themselves by their behavior.’
      • ‘In fact, so laborious was the process that it dragged on for months and went way over budget.’
      • ‘There's not a single moment in the game where it drags or you want to get it over with.’
      • ‘Hasani said the drafting process of the statute dragged on for over a year because it did not suit the interests of the Rectorate.’
      • ‘But I must tell you frankly one of the reasons why this investigation was dragging for so long is that we lacked sufficient evidence.’
      • ‘Fortunately, as the hours of live coverage dragged on through the weekend, this was a crisis with few casualties.’
      • ‘He believes one of the reasons the move ended up dead in the water was that negotiations dragged on too long.’
      • ‘His brother told the newspaper last night that he hoped the discovery would help bring to an end the family's nightmare which has dragged on for more than two years.’
      • ‘As talks dragged on through the day, special forces continued preparing for an onslaught.’
      • ‘Who was it that said ‘I sure hope that trial drags out a few more months.’’
      • ‘The process dragged on for a few weeks, and the information dribbled in.’
      • ‘However, the malice and hatred Enrico and I had for each other continued and the battle dragged on.’
      • ‘Negotiations dragged on for months, from fall into the following spring.’
      • ‘The saga has dragged on for years since the wool processing plant closed its doors for the last time.’
      • ‘Privatization of state firms has dragged on due to resistance from bureaucrats, unions and populist politicians.’
      persist, continue, go on, carry on, extend, run on, be protracted, linger, endure, keep up, hold, prevail, subsist
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    2. 2.2drag something outwith object Protract something unnecessarily.
      ‘he dragged out the process of serving them’
      • ‘Even if the sentence is reduced on appeal, he still seems certain to miss the competition as his lawyers and those of his club continue to drag the process out.’
      • ‘All then we have to wait for is for them to stop all of these lawsuits that drag the process out.’
      • ‘There will be no sequel since it would unnecessarily be dragging the whole thing out and I don't have any ideas.’
      • ‘‘The reality is that if someone files on paper, if there is a mistake or an omission, we have to send it back out and the whole process is dragged out,’ he said.’
      • ‘So far it looks like a thinly veiled threat to drag the process out in legalistic wranglings.’
      • ‘The whole process can be dragged out for up to five years.’
      • ‘We did not take any pleasure in having to drag the process out until we got the answers we all required.’
      • ‘We are approached with dozens of cases every year but many don't ever come to a conclusion as the health boards drag the process out so long.’
      • ‘It would have been crueller to people to have dragged this process out by giving false hope, he said.’
      • ‘Of course for those officers, who believe that they will be found guilty and face dismissal, are being paid throughout this process, so there is no disadvantage in dragging the process out.’
      • ‘Ben was quiet, he continued with his pizza slowly, dragging the process out just to watch her squirm.’
      • ‘They know they will be defeated in the next election, so they will drag the process out to the last day.’
      • ‘The longer the process is dragged out - the 10, 15, or 20 years that he referred to - the more and greater harm it will do over time.’
      • ‘Isn't there a danger that he will drag this process out?’
      prolong, protract, draw 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, continue
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  • 1The action of pulling something forcefully or with difficulty.

    ‘the drag of the current’
    • ‘However, the most efficient possible pure drag stroke is relatively simple to analyze.’
    • ‘A downhill frozen start continued to a long uphill drag through a muddy wooded section before turning into the wind, past the start for a second lap.’
    • ‘The dog of course, had to take me for an arm wrenching drag and Ditto looked on with some displeasure when she realised that the mad animal shouting at her was attached to me!’
    pull, tug, tow, heave, yank
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    1. 1.1 The longitudinal retarding force exerted by air or other fluid surrounding a moving object.
      • ‘That friction-like drag slowed the moving cloud of atoms to a standstill, although each atom continued to move randomly near its place in the array.’
      • ‘A sudden and unexplained loss of data from its sensors was followed by signs that the shuttle's wing was encountering drag, or increased wind resistance.’
      • ‘Many hybrids use aerodynamic design to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency.’
      • ‘Streamlining is important in gliders to reduce drag forces.’
      • ‘One evident reason for the absence of any form of bounding flight in bats is the difficulty of folding their membranous wings to save wing drag.’
      • ‘Reduce aerodynamic drag and enhance fuel economy by keeping less weight on the front area of the car.’
      • ‘The drag of a subsonic plane is primarily due to friction with the air, as well as the pressure difference between the front and trailing surfaces.’
      • ‘The presence of a longer disordered tag thus exerts a greater frictional drag, affecting the module tumbling in solution.’
      • ‘Driving with the windows or sunroof open also creates drag.’
      • ‘For fast circuits like Monza and Indianapolis, the front and rear wings are kept as thin as possible, producing less drag.’
      • ‘At higher speeds, air drag supplies a force that must be counteracted by the engine, again consuming more fuel.’
      • ‘Any increase in surface area will increase skin friction drag.’
      • ‘This puts the center of rolling friction drag behind the center of gravity.’
      • ‘The smaller the limbs, the more likely a corpse will float facing up - short arms and legs create less drag.’
      • ‘This reduces drag and lowers the radar cross section of the aircraft, making detection by the enemy more difficult.’
      • ‘So, more down force is good, but too much down force means too much drag, which is bad.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the missile is heated in an arc around its circumference and crumples under atmospheric drag force or its own G-force.’
      • ‘The bicycles are designed to reduce aerodynamic drag caused by the machine itself and the rider's racing position.’
      • ‘Side-view mirrors are replaced with side-mounted cameras, significantly reducing aerodynamic drag.’
      • ‘These effects are lessened somewhat due to reduced form and skin friction drag.’
    2. 1.2in singular A person or thing that impedes progress or development.
      ‘Larry was turning out to be a drag on her career’
      • ‘The only drag is getting out there: the Marché is at 11600 de Salaberry, just off the Sources Boulevard exit from the 40.’
      • ‘Larry mentioned this year that he almost always has to build the roof for the missions, which I guess is a drag because they are complicated.’
      • ‘At present, they are more of an economic drag and a liability.’
      • ‘Gains by both groups after encouraging figures from the company saw the FTSE shrug off the drag caused by weaker bank, pharmaceutical and telecom stocks.’
      hindrance, encumbrance, burden, handicap, nuisance, inconvenience
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    3. 1.3Fishing Unnatural motion of a fishing fly caused by the pull of the line.
      • ‘This is simply done by pulling the line and adjusting the drag as you pull so that it gives line.’
      • ‘As more line is pulled from the reel, the amount of drag will increase without the lever or star being touched.’
      • ‘Rather than a larger reel, invest in additional ball bearings and improved drag systems, both of which are more important than a few turns of string.’
      • ‘The mackerel hit the lure like an express train, winning a foot or two of line against the drag, wrestling the rod tip toward the water.’
      • ‘Setting your drag must depend on where you are fishing, but over the rough stuff, wind it up solid and give not an inch of line.’
      • ‘We assumed that something was wrong with the reel - but there wasn't - the fish at that point had simply been pulling over 90 lb of drag.’
      • ‘Make sure multiplier drag washers have been fully cleaned and give line freely without snatching.’
      • ‘With the wind blowing from left to right, I used the line drag to move the fly through each cast across and down like salmon fishing.’
      • ‘It took yards of line off a hard-set drag, and it all but pulled me off my ledge.’
      • ‘Because of the twin drag system the reels do not have to be as big as a conventional reel.’
      • ‘If dropping a shot, it is best to steer just west of Runnel Stone and drop it onto the wreck at 20-25m, letting the line drag back across the rock.’
      • ‘The fish wallowed, then made a determined run, peeling yards of line from the light drag.’
      • ‘Line was standard 15 lb monofilament so that the drag of the line was predictable in the conditions.’
      • ‘Leave the drag to give line at medium pressure, it's your safety net to protect the line if the shark changes speed and direction suddenly.’
      • ‘Make sure you have that drag set, for these bass hit so hard it can be quite alarming.’
      • ‘Some of you might even think this amount of drag is too much, but with good line and well tied knots it is about right, believe me.’
      • ‘And any fish that can pull line off against ten pounds of drag is a fish that you ought to give line to anyway!’
      • ‘Have your drag set firm enough to make a pollack work hard to take line from the reel, but light enough to give line well before the line's breaking strain point.’
      • ‘When fishing the ocean you need a good quality reel that is corrosion proof and fitted with a good quality and workable drag system that won't seize up when you hook that big one.’
      • ‘With the reel marked in this way, an angler can feel he has reliable drag settings and can adjust it accordingly during the fight.’
    4. 1.4archaic An iron shoe that can be applied as a brake to the wheel of a cart or wagon.
  • 2informal in singular A boring or tiresome person or thing.

    ‘working nine to five can be a drag’
    • ‘Soon politics will no longer be a boring drag and life could get very regal in the Aras.’
    • ‘But today, it was even more of a drag, for my mother insisted on all of us questioning Serena to death.’
    • ‘I recall primary school being such a painful drag.’
    • ‘The drag about this pace of life is I really can't remember anything I want to talk about.’
    • ‘The other girls think she's a major drag, and weird.’
    • ‘I might even go on and write about how Monday was such a drag; how I bought tickets for the film, and tried to cope with the choices before me.’
    • ‘I worked with an English fellow a few years back who, in the midst of a Brisbane summer, told me he found the repeatedly brilliant blue skies and fine weather a real drag.’
    • ‘Let's face it-having guests can be a bit of a drag.’
    • ‘When it's your job to produce a digest inside three hours for your boss, doing it at home too (not that, given the time, I'm actually at home!) seems a bit of a drag.’
    • ‘But shopping with your mom doesn't have to be a total drag.’
    • ‘His new album is not musically operatic - his songs are tediously boring, like a drag out of hell.’
    • ‘I'm sure you're still gorgeous, but acne can be a huge drag.’
    • ‘The one thing that is inhibiting, a slight drag, is that the coaches need to encourage expression of these kids more when they're very young.’
    • ‘Lunch can be a drag if you're feeling out of shape.’
    • ‘The movie was filled with so many clichés, I lost count after about 30 minutes of this 3 + hour drag.’
    • ‘Sometimes, just sometimes, to only work becomes either a drag or just too boring.’
    • ‘And if you're still not convinced life's a drag, several annoying but mercifully brief musical numbers jackhammer the point home.’
    • ‘But what is so easy in the evening by the morning's such a drag.’
    • ‘You might think that's a drag, but it's not really.’
    • ‘This adaptation of the novel is a drag.’
    bore, tedious thing, tiresome thing, nuisance, bother, trouble, pest, annoyance, source of annoyance, trial, vexation, thorn in one's flesh
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  • 3informal An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette.

    ‘he took a long drag on his cigarette’
    • ‘She took a deep drag of her cigarette before blowing the filthy smoke toward Manda's face.’
    • ‘Thorn took a deep drag of his cigarette before blowing out the smoke toward the detective with a smirk.’
    • ‘I took a drag from my cigarette, and the smoke from my exhale seemed to hover in the air, visible by the dim streetlights even with the falling snow.’
    • ‘He took a long drag on his cigarette and sighed, smoke blowing out of his mouth.’
    • ‘He held the cigarette in his right hand, he twirled it, he flicked it, he put it to his lips and took long drags, inhaling the smoke, holding it in his lungs forever.’
    • ‘She glared at him, taking a long drag from the cigarette and exhaling a small cloud of smoke that was quickly swept away by the unforgiving Chicago wind.’
    • ‘As a substitute for sticking her tongue out at me, she took a long drag on the cigarette and blew a plume of smoke toward my face.’
    • ‘The vampire took another drag on his cigarette and looked to Tanya, who stood shaking in a corner.’
    • ‘Conner took a long drag and blew the smoke upwards.’
    • ‘He took a deep drag on the cigarette he had lit then let the smoke drift slowly out of his mouth.’
    • ‘He lit his cigarette and took a long drag, blowing the smoke out towards her.’
    • ‘Lighting one up, she took a drag, blowing out smoke afterwards, looking to me.’
    • ‘She waltzed over to where I lay, took a drag on her cigarette and exhaled the smoke right into my face.’
    • ‘He took a drag from the cigarette and blew some smoke in my direction.’
    • ‘He took a drag from his cigarette, then blew the smoke at the camera and laughed.’
    • ‘He took a drag off his cigarette, smiling and blowing the smoke upwards.’
    • ‘There's a battering ram of songs; rushing melodies with only enough pause for him to take a drag on an ever-present cigarette.’
    • ‘She took a drag on her cigarette, blowing the smoke out through her nostrils.’
    • ‘Fuora said grinning, she lit a cigarette and took a long drag then blew the smoke into Bree's face.’
    • ‘But instead he sat motionless, taking long drags of a cigarette and staring at a mural of a bunch of teenagers at a party.’
  • 4Clothing more conventionally worn by the opposite sex, especially women's clothes worn by a man.

    ‘a fashion show, complete with men in drag’
    as modifier ‘a live drag show’
    • ‘In drag, he has avoided the obvious pitfalls and manages to be quite moving.’
    • ‘I return my eyes to the male onstage auditioning for one of the female parts; it's scary how good his drag outfit looks on him.’
    • ‘My flirtation with Abba music consisted of drag shows with outrageous costumes and lipsynching, which mind you, I thoroughly enjoy.’
    • ‘In drag, the men play and create new identities.’
    • ‘Drag queens and drag kings decked out in tulle and rented tuxedos drank wine coolers for historical accuracy.’
    • ‘There are drag queens and then there are drag princesses’
    • ‘The young man, clad in long drag robes with wavy dark hair answered.’
    • ‘How long before the club starts having drag nights?’
    • ‘It might as well be a marquee of drag performers.’
    • ‘It was a gay-friendly environment where he could be himself, where he could show off his latest drag outfits, where he could joke.’
    • ‘Was society really yearning for another drag comedy, this time featuring college guys in miniskirts?’
    • ‘The idea came to them four years ago, when a young drag starlet won all the gold tiaras on her eligible drag show circuit and didn't have anywhere left to strut her stuff.’
    • ‘Presumably if the ‘man’ is just a very accomplished drag king, then that is in no way a violation of the door policy or conceptual space.’
    • ‘I think I mentioned the coffee advert here with the women in suit drag.’
    • ‘For those who have never seen live drag king shows, this documentary is definitely an eye-opener.’
    • ‘I've always thought possums look like cats in bad drag.’
    • ‘While drag kings have become well-known in major metropolitan areas, not everyone has been able to explore their playful explorations of gender.’
    • ‘He was the premier drag act in Britain for more than three decades.’
    • ‘The drag kings were wearing gold lamé tracksuits.’
    • ‘On a dance floor crowded with drag performers who are preening either with feminine realness or clownish flamboyance, Aviance is a unique creature.’
  • 5informal A street or road.

    ‘the main drag’
  • 6A thing that is pulled along the ground or through water.

    • ‘The car in front loses some of the drag at its rear.’
    • ‘"We usually limit a drag to maybe three trees," Murnaghan says.’
    1. 6.1historical A harrow used for breaking up the surface of land.
    2. 6.2 An apparatus for dredging a river or for recovering the bodies of drowned people from a river, a lake, or the sea.
    3. 6.3
      another term for dragnet
  • 7A strong-smelling lure drawn before hounds as a substitute for a fox or other hunted animal.

    • ‘Hunting the drag in all its forms is the future of hunting.’
    • ‘If he took the time to investigate this issue further he would find that video evidence is available showing greyhounds enthusiastically following a drag lure.’
    • ‘Has there been any attempt on the part of the drag or bloodhound to devise a new form of the sport that might suit people that are not used to hunting in any way?’
    1. 7.1 A hunt using a strong-smelling lure.
      • ‘This was another great season for the association, members of which took top-class prizes in all the big drag hunts in Cork and Limerick.’
      • ‘The members remain free to assemble together for a mock chase, or a drag hunt or simply a communal ride.’
      • ‘In spite of that, a drag hunt has existed for many years and still exists today.’
      • ‘Saturday's meet will be a legal drag hunt, said the master.’
      • ‘In a drag hunt, a field master leads a team on horseback, guided by foxhounds on the trail of an animal scent.’
      • ‘But for those people who want to ride to hounds, collectively they may go once and try it, be it a fox hunt or a drag hunt.’
      • ‘And as for the hunters, you can still have a jolly good day out on a drag hunt and I and many more like-minded people look forward to joining you.’
  • 8North American informal Influence over other people.

    ‘they had the education but they didn't have the drag’
    control, authority, influence, dominance, mastery, domination, rule, command, ascendancy, supremacy, dominion, sovereignty, jurisdiction, sway, weight, leverage, hold, grasp, say
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  • 9Music
    One of the basic patterns (rudiments) of drumming, consisting of a stroke preceded by two grace notes, which are usually played with the other stick.

    See also ruff
  • 10

    short for drag race
    • ‘On Sundays, the track offers Import Day, Classic Car Day, and British Car Day, all of which feature a car show, swap meet, and drags.’
    • ‘I think this is why we wear ear plugs at the drags - to keep the numbers from leaking out of our skulls.’
    • ‘The Motorsport Industry Association has also organised the event, where a variety of road, rally and drag cars are being displayed.’
    • ‘Friday nights feature trophy events, and track champion drags are contested on Saturdays.’
    • ‘Events held include bracket races, Jr. drag races, Thursday night street car races, and Friday night drags.’
    • ‘He also owns a Harley and a drag car, both of which are in the garage.’
    • ‘The schoolboy racer is planning to set the drag car world alight - at the age of eight.’
    • ‘He also had a mad passion for street drags, and would frequently take out his lowered Model T Ford and rev it along the dusty trails between his place and the local general store.’
    • ‘Things are about to change now with the Bangalore round of Speed Run 2003, a drag event for cars and bikes.’
    • ‘The fastest modified bikes at the drag event take part in the Top Bike and Competition Bike classes, pulling in speeds of under 8 seconds on the standing quarter.’
    • ‘Having the family around makes for a great time for everyone, but we're reminded that the extra summer traffic means extra diligence on the highways to and from the drags.’
    • ‘This is how we went to the drags: station wagon and pull-along trailer; even to Indy.’
    • ‘He has been running his leaf blower as she revs the obnoxiously loud engine in her drag car.’
  • 11historical A private vehicle like a stagecoach, drawn by four horses.


  • drag one's feet

    • 1Walk slowly and wearily or with difficulty.

      • ‘‘You should have listened to me,’ I replied tiredly, dragging my feet as I walked.’
      • ‘He drags his feet when he walks, following George step for step.’
      • ‘Jake gave a little groan and slowly walked over, dragging his feet like a man condemned to death.’
      • ‘Jason was dragging his feet as we walked up to the studio.’
      • ‘Chris began dragging his feet as we walked briskly to the main doors.’
      • ‘Slowly she dragged her feet walking into the bathroom and splashed water on her face to wake her up.’
      • ‘Tom, almost as if he were responding to a dog whistle, jumped off the sofa, dragging his feet as he walked to the Kitchen.’
      • ‘Katie drags her feet as she walks to Ashley's room.’
      • ‘The tan girl continued to drag her feet and walk with her head down.’
      • ‘The one who wears baggy jeans and sweatshirts everyday, the one who always looks like she just woke up, the one who slouches, pouts and drags her feet when she walks.’
      • ‘Frankie walked away, dragging his feet as he went.’
      • ‘Trudging slowly through the darkness dragging my feet so as not to step on anything.’
      • ‘As people left wearily after midnight, dragging their feet and looking stunned, the cliche of the previous week seemed suddenly full-bodied.’
      • ‘A loud bell rang and the children took their time stopping their play and slowly, dragging their feet, trudging back inside.’
      • ‘Angela spotted Elizabeth across the store, her son dragging his feet slowly behind him.’
      • ‘I have a cousin who kind of drags his feet when he walks.’
      • ‘Andrea stood and walked away, dragging her feet slightly.’
      • ‘Not enough crisp brown leaves through which I can noisily drag my feet when walking along the pavements.’
      • ‘Slowly, dragging his feet, he walked toward the front entrance.’
      • ‘I sighed as I began to walk down the hallway dragging my feet and counting the number of steps I took.’
      trudge, trek, tramp, trail, hike, plod, shuffle, slouch, drag oneself, drag one's feet, clump, slog, wade, footslog
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      1. 1.1(of a person or organization) be deliberately slow or reluctant to act.
        ‘the government has dragged its heels over permanent legislation’
        • ‘This rather seems to bear out his surmise… that they are deliberately dragging their heels.’
        • ‘He said: ‘It seems to me someone is dragging their heels.’’
        • ‘Often castigated for dragging their heels, they have for once acted with startling haste.’
        • ‘‘We are still trying to come to terms with recognising this and the Government are dragging their heels,’ he said.’
        • ‘The team seem to be dragging their heels slightly.’
        • ‘The council are certainly dragging their heels.’
        • ‘But now, strangely enough, who's dragging their heels?’
        • ‘Nothing was too little trouble for me and I dragged my heels reluctantly, putting off necessary chores until the last possible moment and even deferring some for another day.’
        • ‘In speaking with his publicity department, it seemed like the station is still interested in a new show from him, but they're dragging their heels.’
        • ‘It was due in September but he has dragged his heels.’
        • ‘The phone companies have been dragging their heels on the issue,’ he said.’
        • ‘While they appear to be well organised, those charged with running the professional game in the west have been dragging their heels on the commercial and marketing front.’
        • ‘Some local authorities are still dragging their heels.’
        • ‘The UK parliament has not done that and the question is are they dragging their heels?’
        • ‘We have dragged our heels on this subject for long enough and now it's time to come out of investigation mode and in to destination mode.’
        • ‘There has already been a good deal of frustration over the project, including accusations that city staff dragged their heels.’
        • ‘I fail to see why the association are dragging their heels on this.’
        • ‘They deny they are dragging their heels on the investigation into the scandal.’
        • ‘They appear to be dragging their heels over appointing a new chief executive, but whoever lands the job will have a mounting pile of problems to sort out.’
        • ‘However, they are issued under a voluntary code and the organisation said there had been thousands of cases where firms had dragged their heels, or simply refused to issue codes.’
        delay, put off doing something, postpone action, defer action, procrastinate, be dilatory, use delaying tactics, stall, temporize, play for time, play a waiting game, dally, take one's time
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Phrasal Verbs

  • drag someone/something down

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

      ‘the economy will be dragged down by inefficient firms’
      • ‘It got a bit silly and niggly at times as they tried to break us mentally and drag us down to their level.’
      • ‘A bunch of usually reliable comedians are dragged down to the film's level.’
      • ‘We cannot let them drag us down to their level, where violence is the only way to solve problems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a similar way, the abuser tries to drag their partner down to their level.’
      • ‘If we start thinking about relegation we will be dragged down there.’
      • ‘This, in turn, has led to a slump in consumer spending, which has further dragged the economy down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He'll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The owner of a low-budget holiday camp, is dragging the club down to his level.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last year one child did not achieve level four in English, dragging the mark down by four percentage points.’
      • ‘The Institute of Directors sees the cut as a way of preventing the global downturn from dragging the demostic economy down with it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They accuse me of barbarism: I want to drag England down to the level of savages.’
      • ‘These yobs are dragging us down to their level.’
      • ‘I'm concerned that this school will be dragged down to the level of the other two.’
  • drag something in/into

    • Introduce an irrelevant or inappropriate subject.

      ‘politics were never dragged into the conversation’
  • drag someone/something into

    • Involve someone or something in (a situation or matter), typically when such involvement is inappropriate or unnecessary.

      ‘he had no right to drag you into this sort of thing’
      • ‘The letters that dragged him into the situation were written during this period.’
      • ‘It could be anything about that family, or the business they were involved in that could have dragged her into something volatile.’
      • ‘I sat down and sulkily tried to comb my hair into some semblance of normalcy, still resenting the fact that he had enough power over me to drag me into ridiculous situations like this.’
      • ‘Evidently, he didn't like the situation Theorton had dragged him into.’
      • ‘It bothers me most that I was dragged into the situation I tried to get out of.’
      • ‘Many thought he had dragged the country into an unnecessary war on pretenses of a threat that did not exist.’
      • ‘She simply had no words to describe the depths of confusion that the situation was dragging her into.’
      • ‘Mr Speaker needs to make very sure that he is not dragged into these matters.’
      • ‘He said: ‘I am deeply saddened that Nicholas has been dragged into a situation like this.’’
      • ‘I have no idea, and I usually consider myself a strong woman, but somehow this creep drags me into a situation where it seemed like I had no control over.’
      • ‘Daddy would always try to drag Keiko into the game, but she refused no matter what, and watched them from the sidelines.’
      • ‘I woke to the rain pouring onto my body from where I slept and I was dragged into a situation by which there was no shelter around me.’
      • ‘Neighbours, friends and school kids are dragged in to help maintain the illusion, and so begins a farcical quest to uphold the values of a regime once so reviled, but now vital to the survival of one of its greatest admirers.’
      • ‘One can imagine that if she is dragged into further legal troubles with her unfortunately timely sale of the stock, another book could be forthcoming.’
      • ‘They almost succeeded in dragging that country into the war actively, which would have changed the whole character of the war.’
      • ‘Fisher says that you shouldn't take things personally, but how can you not when someone or some situation drags you into it?’
      • ‘In Huang's letter, he recounted how he was dragged into this matter.’
      • ‘He has dragged us into two wars on the basis of his own psychological shortcomings.’
      • ‘There are places that give their dead a spirited send-off, where even ghoulish tourists will be dragged in for a dance.’
      • ‘It should be remembered that the army had a first strike doctrine, which dragged Europe into an unnecessary and highly destructive maelstrom.’
  • drag on

    • Inhale the smoke from (a cigarette).

      • ‘He drags on yet another cigarette, his 39th of the day.’
      • ‘It is not unusual to see smokers dragging on cigarettes between mouthfuls at meals.’
      • ‘‘I never planned to write,’ he says, dragging on his cigarette and leaning forward to lift a pint of beer.’
      • ‘The film ends with Julien, at his new school, coolly dragging on a cigarette, bragging crassly to his new friends about his relationship with her.’
      • ‘By night - or, often as not, the morning after - she grimaces as she drags on a cigarette, swigs straight from a beer bottle and spits out expletives in her harsh south London accent to members of the paparazzi.’
      • ‘Smoking a cigar is altogether different from dragging on a cigarette.’
      • ‘They both laugh hard, forced laughs that go on for five seconds too long, and Sarah drags on her cigarette and surveys the foggy chateau grounds that will never be hers.’
      • ‘Every inch the rock star, he drags on a cigarette and notes that when the studio's car park gutters were cleaned, syringes were fished out by the fistful.’
      • ‘‘By March,’ shrugs the official, dragging on a cigarette.’
      • ‘You only need to flick open any celeb mag or national newspaper to see celebrities dragging on a cigarette.’
      • ‘He drags on his cigarette, squints his eyes and says, finally, yes.’
      • ‘Once he's more or less settled, he drags on the cigarette, which he has already smoked almost down to the filter.’
      • ‘He drags on his cigarette, flicking through channels with the remote control of the TV his mother bought last Christmas.’
      • ‘I figured you had woken up at first until you started dragging on that cigarette without lighting it.’
      • ‘I watched her drag on her cigarette, the smoke hanging between us like toxic angel hair.’
      • ‘A sob caught in her throat and she masked it, hastily dragging on the cigarette in quick, short puffs.’
      • ‘Maybe they're not so different to us, he says as he drags on a cigarette…’
      • ‘We are sitting in the standard Beverly Hills hotel room provided for such meetings, and he is alternately scratching his wispy beard or dragging on a hand-rolled cigarette.’
      • ‘‘It was the usual thing of girl with dog meets man with dog and they fall in love,’ she says with a grimace, swigging Pilsner and dragging on a cigarette as if trying to get rid of a nasty taste.’
      • ‘He drags on his cigarette and, as if we hadn't been speaking, raises his eyes to the screens and silently shoos me out of his way.’
      puff on, draw on, pull on
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  • drag something out

    • Extract information from someone against their will.

      ‘the truth was being dragged out of us’
      • ‘The MP successfully dragged concessions out of the Education Secretary.’
      • ‘At times of crisis, all the old grievances are dragged out of whatever closets they have been stuffed into and used to make the present case sharper and more emotional - relevant or not.’
      • ‘The admission was dragged out of him.’
      • ‘When that doesn't work, they get him addicted and drag the information out of him when he's in a delirious state.’
      • ‘Each grows more suspicious of the others as possible motives are revealed and skeletons are dragged out of the closet.’
      • ‘He wanted to drag the information out of his friend's mouth.’
      • ‘She may have some woman's nature in her, but she still had a warrior's heart and gave no excuses unless they were dragged out of her.’
      • ‘He was ready to physically drag the information out of him, and prayed his Keeper would give him permission.’
      • ‘Over the past year more and more details of the complex financial affairs have been dragged out of him, mainly as a result of the exhaustive trawl of banking institutions and other sources by the tribunal's legal team.’
  • drag something up

    • Deliberately mention an unwelcome or unpleasant fact.

      ‘pieces of evidence about his early life were dragged up’
      • ‘Why keep dragging things up that don't matter any more?’
      • ‘I can't believe they are dragging this story up again!’
      • ‘Mobile phone records were dragged up as part of an investigation into insider trading, which embroiled one of the richest men in the City, before concluding there was no case to answer.’
      • ‘I felt weak for doing so, and as I cried I thought about the blast, dragging the memory up and thinking about it repeatedly until I remembered the smell.’
      • ‘The current bad guys are dragging it up again to justify contemporary viciousness.’
      • ‘They don't want to drag it up again and create bad memories for her family.’
      • ‘She said: ‘Not a day goes by when I don't think about both of them and you can't imagine what it's like to drag it up again and have to ask people if things like that have happened.’’
      • ‘We've spent the last year trying to stay out of the papers, and it has died down, but as soon as I put a record out I'm gonna be back in the papers again, and old things will be dragged up.’
      • ‘Which rather begs the question: why drag it up and prolong it through litigation in the first place?’
      remind people of, revive the memory of, recollect, remember, call to mind
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Middle English: from Old English dragan or Old Norse draga ‘to draw’; the noun partly from Middle Low German dragge ‘grapnel’.