Definition of drag in US English:


verbdragged, drags, dragging

  • 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’
    • ‘It's a lot of pushing and pulling and dragging players along with you.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, nine volunteers dragged a seven-ton truck along two miles of road to raise money for the appeal.’
    • ‘She walked with great difficulty, dragging her left leg behind her.’
    • ‘They dragged the cart along the sidewalk, up two flights of stairs, across the hallway and into our dorm room.’
    • ‘I climbed around under the tree, dragging the rake along with me.’
    • ‘He slapped his palms down on the floor and pulled, dragging his body towards the bathroom's exit.’
    • ‘I dragged my heavy feet along the floor as I went to switch it off.’
    • ‘Verek was walking with difficulty, dragging a body along side him.’
    • ‘And with that, Kel dragged her twin forcefully out of their front door before their mother could say anything else.’
    • ‘I won't, she murmured, dragging the bloody tissue roughly across her cheeks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He pulled on her roughly, trying to drag her back towards the shore, but wasn't making very good progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 her up and dragged her along to where the doctor was standing, and continued holding her hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She pulled herself to her feet and dragged her sword along with her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First I was chilled, then hot, then so weak I could barely pull myself out to drag our boat over sand shallows.’
    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’
      • ‘A few nights later, he is dragged reluctantly to the theatre, where Clara has the lead, and he is captivated by her.’
      • ‘More wine and schmoozing and I meet loads of lovely people until my girlfriend dutifully drags me home at 1am.’
      • ‘He drags David to the event, and ends up proposing to his new girlfriend.’
      • ‘It is also a sober commentary on an event that has dragged the town once again into the limelight.’
      • ‘Kapera dragged the gray-eyed agent away despite his protests.’
      • ‘I see Christy grin as she drags a reluctant Mike onto the dance floor.’
      • ‘You have just discover that this is only useful in the classes that your girlfriend dragged you to!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like a mad tugboat, my friend Michael nonetheless seemed eager to drag me to the event.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite having so many professors of hindsight we are still dragged through review after review.’
      • ‘It also meant that, as her best friend, I was usually dragged to whatever event that gossip may lead her too.’
      • ‘As soon as he arrived home from the University, I dragged him to look at the tunnel, despite Pride's objections.’
      • ‘When your friend dragged you away, I reluctantly watched you leave.’
      • ‘Two years ago, I was dragged, somewhat reluctantly, to my first meeting by a very enthusiastic friend.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, the prospect of dragging a reluctant teenager around may put off most parents before you've even left the house.’
    2. 1.2drag oneself Go somewhere wearily, reluctantly, or with difficulty.
      ‘I have to drag myself out of bed each day’
      • ‘Usually, but reluctantly, they drag themselves downstairs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At this, a couple of selection team hopefuls get up and reluctantly drag themselves from the room.’
      • ‘Reluctantly, I drag myself from the security of sleep.’
      • ‘Reluctantly, she dragged herself out of bed and shuffled into the bathroom.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The door swung open and Kata walked in, dragging herself across the room to flop down on the couch, exhaling loudly.’
      • ‘He dragged himself up the walk, dimly noticing that the front window was covered with condensation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was difficult to drag myself from this remarkable family.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Getting up reluctantly, I dragged myself to the door and opened it.’
      • ‘Reluctantly we dragged ourselves away from bashing rock solid flowers frozen to minus 196 degrees Celsius.’
      • ‘The weight of her wet clothes made it difficult to drag herself out of the water, but Annabelle managed.’
      • ‘Wearily, I got up and dragged myself into the hall, taking my can of beer with me.’
      • ‘Wearily, the others followed him, practically dragging themselves up the wooden steps.’
      • ‘She had difficulty dragging herself out of bed.’
    3. 1.3 Move (an icon or other image) across a computer screen using a tool such as a mouse.
      • ‘If you'd like to move your text, click and hold your left mouse button to drag your text to your desired position.’
      • ‘Internet Radio stations are added by browsing to the website, and dragging the icon of the desired station into the drop window.’
      • ‘The image deformation tools let you drag the corners of a 2D image to deform it, perhaps to change or emphasize perspective effects.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once you've identified your clip, just drag the mouse cursor over the area you want.’
      • ‘The company also announces it will create an operating system based on dragging and clicking on computer screen icons.’
      • ‘If your mouse pointer is moving too fast, drag the slider to the slower side.’
      • ‘An example of improved user-friendliness is that live images can now be dragged, zoomed, and centered.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Using this program, I can give you a feature where you can drag a picture from the desktop into an article.’
      • ‘The data visualization tool allowed me to drag my mouse over the various ski resorts and see the skiing conditions, including snowfall and depth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A window can be dragged between desktops (onto the same relative page) in this manner.’
      • ‘This window cannot be dragged out of the screen unless you disable a corresponding check.’
      • ‘He drags the icon for the software that was on the desktop to the zip drive.’
      • ‘Click and drag this from one image into the second one.’
    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’
      • ‘My cloak dragged along the dusty floor; I followed the rest of them.’
      • ‘She wore a beautiful red and white gown that dragged across the ground.’
      • ‘Her comrades were much broader in size, both carrying enormous cannon weapons that dragged along the ground behind them as they marched on.’
      • ‘Her ghoulish black clothing dragged tragically 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 wolfish tail dragged across the ground like a meek puppy, even though her colorless eyes sparkled with strength.’
      • ‘Taidra quickly moved to her closet door, her servant dress dragging along the ground.’
      • ‘His tail almost dragged upon the gleaming floor, black and braided as well.’
      • ‘Kenji's tennis shoes dragged against the ground hopelessly.’
      • ‘His scaled tail dragging behind me, I carried him awkwardly to his mother.’
      • ‘One last stop is required, right about the time my feet begin to hurt and my shopping bag is dragging along the ground.’
      • ‘Cherry strolled slowly, her dark red skirt 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The skirt of her dark blue gown dragged along the floor, collecting a little dust, but Lilatte hardly noticed.’
      • ‘I followed him silently, my dress dragging slightly on the carpet behind me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A fin down its back ends in another larger tail dragging behind it.’
      • ‘It was far too big for her, and the sleeves dragged, as it had belonged to her grandmother as a girl.’
      • ‘That was the last thing that she needed, her coat dragging along outside and getting even more abused than it already was.’
    5. 1.5drag atno object Catch hold of and pull (something)
      ‘desperately, Jinny dragged at his arm’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She brings it regardless, ignoring the way it drags at her hand and tangles in her nightgown.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Numair stood inside with fatigue visibly dragging at him, the circles under his eyes more pronounced and a constant tremor in his hands.’
      • ‘Exhaustion was dragging at her as the grate of the panel sounded, but she clung to that thought, stumbling forward.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘They swarmed up the levelled rock blockage, pushed through the gap that Tiffany had blasted, dragging at rock that crumbled at their touch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I struggled through on belly and elbows, cobwebs dragging at my hair.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mesh cuts into my fingers and drags at my wrists.’
      • ‘Quickly, he slid his face against his left arm, dragging at the velvet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I grew tired, the heavy weight of the sword dragged at my waning strength.’
      • ‘As she paced, passing random strangers on the 17th Avenue sidewalk, the wind slapped at her and the pack dragged at her shoulder muscles.’
      • ‘For all this fascinating detail, though, the perceived need to create interest where no such need exists drags at this book's heels.’
      • ‘With the considerable football hype that is pulling and dragging at his sporting consciousness, it is vital that the senior hurlers are not overlooked.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    8. 1.8no object (of an anchor) fail to hold, causing a ship or boat to drift.
      • ‘But once that expectational anchor began to drag, unions had reason to fear that inflation, once ignited, would persist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You are set for the night, unless the wind picks up and/or the tidal current causes your anchor to drag.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘She felt herself nodding off to sleep as the minutes dragged slowly by.’
    • ‘The next few classes dragged by slowly and after the day was over she felt physically drained.’
    • ‘The next two days dragged along slowly as the jeep ate up the miles to the chuck wagon.’
    • ‘It was the most perfect place he could imagine, and the days before he left dragged more slowly then any had ever before.’
    • ‘Time had dragged obscenely slowly since he woke up almost a week earlier in the French army hospital.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't know about you, but somehow this week seems to be dragging along slowly to me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 time dragged so slowly that afternoon, I stared at the clock several times, and at one point it seemed like time had stopped altogether.’
    • ‘The problem is, the months seem to drag by so slowly that it's driving me up the wall.’
    • ‘The rest of the day dragged by, and eventually came to the bus ride home.’
    • ‘The evening seemed to drag by slowly, like a slug carrying a weight on it's back.’
    • ‘The days dragged by slowly and every day she missed her parents more and more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Hasani said the drafting process of the statute dragged on for over a year because it did not suit the interests of the Rectorate.’
      • ‘The saga has dragged on for years since the wool processing plant closed its doors for the last time.’
      • ‘Who was it that said ‘I sure hope that trial drags out a few more months.’’
      • ‘Privatization of state firms has dragged on due to resistance from bureaucrats, unions and populist politicians.’
      • ‘But I must tell you frankly one of the reasons why this investigation was dragging for so long is that we lacked sufficient evidence.’
      • ‘There's not a single moment in the game where it drags or you want to get it over with.’
      • ‘This process dragged on for over a year, while at the same time in the city, the gas and heating were cut off.’
      • ‘Instead of ending with a quick defeat, the war dragged on.’
      • ‘However, the malice and hatred Enrico and I had for each other continued and the battle dragged on.’
      • ‘The process to getting a second operator has dragged on for three years now.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The process dragged on for a few weeks, and the information dribbled in.’
      • ‘‘Things have dragged on for so long it could be classified as derelict,’ he said.’
      • ‘As talks dragged on through the day, special forces continued preparing for an onslaught.’
      • ‘In fact, so laborious was the process that it dragged on for months and went way over budget.’
      • ‘We consider that the science is clear but, regrettably, the whole process has dragged on too long.’
      • ‘Fortunately, as the hours of live coverage dragged on through the weekend, this was a crisis with few casualties.’
      • ‘Negotiations dragged on for months, from fall into the following spring.’
      • ‘The suit dragged on for years during which the tribes and government did not distinguish themselves by their behavior.’
      • ‘He believes one of the reasons the move ended up dead in the water was that negotiations dragged on too long.’
      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’
      • ‘The whole process can be dragged out for up to five years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There will be no sequel since it would unnecessarily be dragging the whole thing out and I don't have any ideas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All then we have to wait for is for them to stop all of these lawsuits that drag the process out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘We did not take any pleasure in having to drag the process out until we got the answers we all required.’
      • ‘It would have been crueller to people to have dragged this process out by giving false hope, he said.’
      • ‘Isn't there a danger that he will drag this process out?’
      • ‘They know they will be defeated in the next election, so they will drag the process out to the last day.’
      • ‘So far it looks like a thinly veiled threat to drag the process out in legalistic wranglings.’
      • ‘Ben was quiet, he continued with his pizza slowly, dragging the process out just to watch her squirm.’
      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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nounPlural drags

  • 1The action of pulling something forcefully or with difficulty.

    ‘the drag of the current’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the most efficient possible pure drag stroke is relatively simple to analyze.’
    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.
      • ‘Many hybrids use aerodynamic design to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency.’
      • ‘So, more down force is good, but too much down force means too much drag, which is bad.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Streamlining is important in gliders to reduce drag forces.’
      • ‘These effects are lessened somewhat due to reduced form and skin friction drag.’
      • ‘Reduce aerodynamic drag and enhance fuel economy by keeping less weight on the front area of the car.’
      • ‘The presence of a longer disordered tag thus exerts a greater frictional drag, affecting the module tumbling in solution.’
      • ‘This reduces drag and lowers the radar cross section of the aircraft, making detection by the enemy more difficult.’
      • ‘Side-view mirrors are replaced with side-mounted cameras, significantly reducing aerodynamic drag.’
      • ‘Driving with the windows or sunroof open also creates drag.’
      • ‘This puts the center of rolling friction drag behind the center of gravity.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the missile is heated in an arc around its circumference and crumples under atmospheric drag force or its own G-force.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bicycles are designed to reduce aerodynamic drag caused by the machine itself and the rider's racing position.’
      • ‘For fast circuits like Monza and Indianapolis, the front and rear wings are kept as thin as possible, producing less drag.’
      • ‘The smaller the limbs, the more likely a corpse will float facing up - short arms and legs create less 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.
      • ‘With the reel marked in this way, an angler can feel he has reliable drag settings and can adjust it accordingly during the fight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is simply done by pulling the line and adjusting the drag as you pull so that it gives line.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Line was standard 15 lb monofilament so that the drag of the line was predictable in the conditions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As more line is pulled from the reel, the amount of drag will increase without the lever or star being touched.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It took yards of line off a hard-set drag, and it all but pulled me off my ledge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because of the twin drag system the reels do not have to be as big as a conventional reel.’
      • ‘And any fish that can pull line off against ten pounds of drag is a fish that you ought to give line to anyway!’
      • ‘Make sure multiplier drag washers have been fully cleaned and give line freely without snatching.’
      • ‘Make sure you have that drag set, for these bass hit so hard it can be quite alarming.’
      • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘The other girls think she's a major drag, and weird.’
    • ‘The movie was filled with so many clichés, I lost count after about 30 minutes of this 3 + hour drag.’
    • ‘This adaptation of the novel is a drag.’
    • ‘But today, it was even more of a drag, for my mother insisted on all of us questioning Serena to death.’
    • ‘But shopping with your mom doesn't have to be a total drag.’
    • ‘I'm sure you're still gorgeous, but acne can be a huge drag.’
    • ‘You might think that's a drag, but it's not really.’
    • ‘Soon politics will no longer be a boring drag and life could get very regal in the Aras.’
    • ‘And if you're still not convinced life's a drag, several annoying but mercifully brief musical numbers jackhammer the point home.’
    • ‘Let's face it-having guests can be a bit of a drag.’
    • ‘Lunch can be a drag if you're feeling out of shape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I recall primary school being such a painful 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.’
    • ‘Sometimes, just sometimes, to only work becomes either a drag or just too boring.’
    • ‘But what is so easy in the evening by the morning's such a drag.’
    • ‘His new album is not musically operatic - his songs are tediously boring, like a drag out of hell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The drag about this pace of life is I really can't remember anything I want to talk about.’
    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’
    • ‘Thorn took a deep drag of his cigarette before blowing out the smoke toward the detective with a smirk.’
    • ‘He took a drag off his cigarette, smiling and blowing the smoke upwards.’
    • ‘But instead he sat motionless, taking long drags of a cigarette and staring at a mural of a bunch of teenagers at a party.’
    • ‘There's a battering ram of songs; rushing melodies with only enough pause for him to take a drag on an ever-present cigarette.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She took a deep drag of her cigarette before blowing the filthy smoke toward Manda's face.’
    • ‘He lit his cigarette and took a long drag, blowing the smoke out towards her.’
    • ‘The vampire took another drag on his cigarette and looked to Tanya, who stood shaking in a corner.’
    • ‘He took a long drag on his cigarette and sighed, smoke blowing out of his mouth.’
    • ‘Fuora said grinning, she lit a cigarette and took a long drag then blew the smoke into Bree's face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He took a drag from his cigarette, then blew the smoke at the camera and laughed.’
    • ‘He took a deep drag on the cigarette he had lit then let the smoke drift slowly out of his mouth.’
    • ‘He took a drag from the cigarette and blew some smoke in my direction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conner took a long drag and blew the smoke upwards.’
    • ‘She took a drag on her cigarette, blowing the smoke out through her nostrils.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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’
    • ‘I've always thought possums look like cats in bad drag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Drag queens and drag kings decked out in tulle and rented tuxedos drank wine coolers for historical accuracy.’
    • ‘He was the premier drag act in Britain for more than three decades.’
    • ‘In drag, the men play and create new identities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In drag, he has avoided the obvious pitfalls and manages to be quite moving.’
    • ‘The drag kings were wearing gold lamé tracksuits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For those who have never seen live drag king shows, this documentary is definitely an eye-opener.’
    • ‘My flirtation with Abba music consisted of drag shows with outrageous costumes and lipsynching, which mind you, I thoroughly enjoy.’
    • ‘While drag kings have become well-known in major metropolitan areas, not everyone has been able to explore their playful explorations of gender.’
    • ‘The young man, clad in long drag robes with wavy dark hair answered.’
    • ‘There are drag queens and then there are drag princesses’
    • ‘How long before the club starts having drag nights?’
    • ‘I think I mentioned the coffee advert here with the women in suit drag.’
    • ‘Was society really yearning for another drag comedy, this time featuring college guys in miniskirts?’
    • ‘On a dance floor crowded with drag performers who are preening either with feminine realness or clownish flamboyance, Aviance is a unique creature.’
    • ‘It was a gay-friendly environment where he could be himself, where he could show off his latest drag outfits, where he could joke.’
    • ‘It might as well be a marquee of drag performers.’
  • 5informal A street or road.

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

    • ‘"We usually limit a drag to maybe three trees," Murnaghan says.’
    • ‘The car in front loses some of the drag at its rear.’
    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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 7.1 A hunt using a strong-smelling lure.
      • ‘Saturday's meet will be a legal drag hunt, said the master.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a drag hunt, a field master leads a team on horseback, guided by foxhounds on the trail of an animal scent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In spite of that, a drag hunt has existed for many years and still exists today.’
      • ‘The members remain free to assemble together for a mock chase, or a drag hunt or simply a communal ride.’
  • 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
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He also owns a Harley and a drag car, both of which are in the garage.’
    • ‘The Motorsport Industry Association has also organised the event, where a variety of road, rally and drag cars are being displayed.’
    • ‘I think this is why we wear ear plugs at the drags - to keep the numbers from leaking out of our skulls.’
    • ‘Events held include bracket races, Jr. drag races, Thursday night street car races, and Friday night drags.’
    • ‘The schoolboy racer is planning to set the drag car world alight - at the age of eight.’
    • ‘He has been running his leaf blower as she revs the obnoxiously loud engine in her drag car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Friday nights feature trophy events, and track champion drags are contested on Saturdays.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Things are about to change now with the Bangalore round of Speed Run 2003, a drag event for cars and bikes.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 11historical A private vehicle like a stagecoach, drawn by four horses.


  • drag one's feet

    • 1Walk slowly and wearily or with difficulty.

      • ‘I sighed as I began to walk down the hallway dragging my feet and counting the number of steps I took.’
      • ‘He drags his feet when he walks, following George step for step.’
      • ‘Not enough crisp brown leaves through which I can noisily drag my feet when walking along the pavements.’
      • ‘Chris began dragging his feet as we walked briskly to the main doors.’
      • ‘Katie drags her feet as she walks to Ashley's room.’
      • ‘Slowly, dragging his feet, he walked toward the front entrance.’
      • ‘Jake gave a little groan and slowly walked over, dragging his feet like a man condemned to death.’
      • ‘Tom, almost as if he were responding to a dog whistle, jumped off the sofa, dragging his feet as he walked to the Kitchen.’
      • ‘As people left wearily after midnight, dragging their feet and looking stunned, the cliche of the previous week seemed suddenly full-bodied.’
      • ‘I have a cousin who kind of drags his feet when he walks.’
      • ‘Jason was dragging his feet as we walked up to the studio.’
      • ‘Andrea stood and walked away, dragging her feet slightly.’
      • ‘Angela spotted Elizabeth across the store, her son dragging his feet slowly behind him.’
      • ‘The tan girl continued to drag her feet and walk with her head down.’
      • ‘A loud bell rang and the children took their time stopping their play and slowly, dragging their feet, trudging back inside.’
      • ‘‘You should have listened to me,’ I replied tiredly, dragging my feet as I walked.’
      • ‘Frankie walked away, dragging his feet as he went.’
      • ‘Trudging slowly through the darkness dragging my feet so as not to step on anything.’
      • ‘Slowly she dragged her feet walking into the bathroom and splashed water on her face to wake her up.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
        • ‘He said: ‘It seems to me someone is dragging their heels.’’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Often castigated for dragging their heels, they have for once acted with startling haste.’
        • ‘I fail to see why the association are dragging their heels on this.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘They deny they are dragging their heels on the investigation into the scandal.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The phone companies have been dragging their heels on the issue,’ he said.’
        • ‘It was due in September but he has dragged his heels.’
        • ‘But now, strangely enough, who's dragging their heels?’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘There has already been a good deal of frustration over the project, including accusations that city staff dragged their heels.’
        • ‘‘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.’
        • ‘This rather seems to bear out his surmise… that they are deliberately dragging their heels.’
        • ‘The council are certainly dragging their heels.’
        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’
      • ‘This, in turn, has led to a slump in consumer spending, which has further dragged the economy down.’
      • ‘The owner of a low-budget holiday camp, is dragging the club down to his level.’
      • ‘Last year one child did not achieve level four in English, dragging the mark down by four percentage points.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It got a bit silly and niggly at times as they tried to break us mentally and drag us down to their level.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We cannot let them drag us down to their level, where violence is the only way to solve problems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They tend to drag the opposition down to their level and bore them into submission.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A bunch of usually reliable comedians are dragged down to the film's 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.’
      • ‘The Institute of Directors sees the cut as a way of preventing the global downturn from dragging the demostic economy down with it.’
      • ‘He'll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.’
      • ‘High debt levels, aggressive accounting policies and a challenging operating environment this year dragged the shares down to their lowest levels in seven years.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘There are places that give their dead a spirited send-off, where even ghoulish tourists will be dragged in for a dance.’
      • ‘Daddy would always try to drag Keiko into the game, but she refused no matter what, and watched them from the sidelines.’
      • ‘Many thought he had dragged the country into an unnecessary war on pretenses of a threat that did not exist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It should be remembered that the army had a first strike doctrine, which dragged Europe into an unnecessary and highly destructive maelstrom.’
      • ‘It bothers me most that I was dragged into the situation I tried to get out of.’
      • ‘He has dragged us into two wars on the basis of his own psychological shortcomings.’
      • ‘She simply had no words to describe the depths of confusion that the situation was dragging her into.’
      • ‘Evidently, he didn't like the situation Theorton had dragged him into.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr Speaker needs to make very sure that he is not dragged into these matters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Huang's letter, he recounted how he was dragged into this matter.’
      • ‘The letters that dragged him into the situation were written during this period.’
      • ‘They almost succeeded in dragging that country into the war actively, which would have changed the whole character of the war.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said: ‘I am deeply saddened that Nicholas has been dragged into a situation like this.’’
      • ‘Fisher says that you shouldn't take things personally, but how can you not when someone or some situation drags you into it?’
      • ‘It could be anything about that family, or the business they were involved in that could have dragged her into something volatile.’
  • drag on

    • Inhale the smoke from (a cigarette).

      • ‘A sob caught in her throat and she masked it, hastily dragging on the cigarette in quick, short puffs.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I never planned to write,’ he says, dragging on his cigarette and leaning forward to lift a pint of beer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Once he's more or less settled, he drags on the cigarette, which he has already smoked almost down to the filter.’
      • ‘It is not unusual to see smokers dragging on cigarettes between mouthfuls at meals.’
      • ‘I figured you had woken up at first until you started dragging on that cigarette without lighting it.’
      • ‘He drags on yet another cigarette, his 39th of the day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Smoking a cigar is altogether different from dragging on a cigarette.’
      • ‘Maybe they're not so different to us, he says as he drags on a cigarette…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He drags on his cigarette, squints his eyes and says, finally, yes.’
      • ‘You only need to flick open any celeb mag or national newspaper to see celebrities dragging on a cigarette.’
      • ‘‘By March,’ shrugs the official, dragging on a cigarette.’
      • ‘I watched her drag on her cigarette, the smoke hanging between us like toxic angel hair.’
      • ‘He drags on his cigarette, flicking through channels with the remote control of the TV his mother bought last Christmas.’
      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’
      • ‘He wanted to drag the information out of his friend's mouth.’
      • ‘The admission was dragged out of him.’
      • ‘He was ready to physically drag the information out of him, and prayed his Keeper would give him permission.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • drag something up

    • Deliberately mention an unwelcome or unpleasant fact.

      ‘pieces of evidence about his early life were dragged up’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Which rather begs the question: why drag it up and prolong it through litigation in the first place?’
      • ‘Why keep dragging things up that don't matter any more?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They don't want to drag it up again and create bad memories for her family.’
      • ‘The current bad guys are dragging it up again to justify contemporary viciousness.’
      • ‘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 can't believe they are dragging this story up again!’
      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’.