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1‘she dragged the heavy chair nearer to the bed’
haul, pull, draw, tug, heave, trail, trawl, tow
informal yank, lug
2‘the day dragged for Anne’
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
1‘the drag of the air brakes causes more rapid deceleration’
pull, tug, tow, heave, yank
resistance, braking, retardation
2‘working nine to five can be a drag’
bore, tedious thing, tiresome thing, nuisance, bother, trouble, pest, annoyance, source of annoyance, trial, vexation, thorn in one's flesh
informal tiresome person, tedious person
informal pain, pain in the neck, bind, headache, hassle
North American informal pain in the butt, nudnik
Australian informal fair cow
Australian NZ informal nark
British informal, dated blighter, blister, pill
British informal, vulgar slang pain in the arse
‘Stop dragging your feet. We have to move.’
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
kick the can down the road
‘that procedure was bound to drag out the negotiations’
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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