drag1 W3S3 [dræg] v past tense and past participle dragged present participle dragging
1¦(pull something)¦
2¦(pull somebody)¦
3 drag yourself to/into/out of etc something
4¦(persuade somebody to come)¦
6¦(be boring)¦
7¦(touch the ground)¦
8 drag your feet/heels
9 drag a lake/river etc
10 drag somebody's name through the mud
11 drag somebody through the courts
12 drag somebody kicking and screaming into something
13 look as if you've been dragged through a hedge backwards
14¦(injured leg/foot)¦
Phrasal verbs
 drag somebody/something<=>down
 drag somebody/something into something
 drag on
 drag something<=>out
 drag something out of somebody
 drag somebody/something<=>up
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old Norse; Origin: draga or Old English dragan; DRAW1]
to pull something along the ground, often because it is too heavy to carry
drag sth away/along/through etc
Inge managed to drag the table into the kitchen.
2.) ¦(PULL SOMEBODY)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to pull someone somewhere where they do not want to go, in a way that is not gentle
He grabbed her arm and dragged her into the room.
3.) drag yourself to/into/out of etc sth informal
to move somewhere with difficulty, especially because you are ill, tired, or unhappy
I dragged myself out of bed and into the bathroom.
Can you drag yourself away from (=stop watching) the TV for a minute?
4.) ¦(PERSUADE SOMEBODY TO COME)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition] informal
if you drag someone somewhere, you persuade or force them to come with you when they do not want to
Mom dragged us to a classical music concert.
5.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦ [T]
to move words, pictures etc on a computer screen by pulling them along with the ↑mouse
You can drag and drop text like this.
6.) ¦(BE BORING)¦
if time or an event drags, it seems to go very slowly because nothing interesting is happening
Friday afternoons always drag.
if something is dragging along the ground, part of it is touching the ground as you move
drag along/in/on
Your coat's dragging in the mud.
8.) drag your feet/heels [i]informal
to take too much time to do something because you do not want to do it
The authorities are dragging their feet over banning cigarette advertising.
9.) drag a lake/river etc
to look for something in a lake, river etc by pulling a heavy net along the bottom
The police are dragging the lake for the missing girl's body.
10.) drag sb's name through the mud
to tell people about the bad things that someone has done, so that they will have a bad opinion of them
11.) drag sb through the courts
to force someone to go to a court of law, especially in order to make them have a bad experience because you are angry with them
12.) drag sb kicking and screaming into sth
to force someone to do something that they do not want to - used humorously
The party will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
13.) look as if you've been dragged through a hedge backwards
to look very untidy - used humorously
if you drag your leg, foot etc, you cannot lift it off the ground as you walk because it is injured
a bird dragging its broken wing
drag down [drag sb/sth<=>down] phr v
1.) to make someone feel unhappy and weak
Joe's been ill for weeks now - it's really dragging him down.
2.) to make the price, level, or quality of something go down
Declining prices for aluminium have dragged down the company's earnings.
3.) if someone or something bad drags you down, they make you become worse or get into a worse situation
Don't let them drag you down to their level .
drag into [drag sb/sth into sth] phr v
1.) to make someone get involved in an argument, war, or other unpleasant situation that they do not want to be involved in
I'm sorry to drag you into this mess.
2.) to talk about something when you are having a discussion or argument, even though it is not connected with it
Don't drag my past into this!
drag on phr v
if an event or situation drags on, it continues for too long
drag on for
an expensive court battle that could drag on for years
drag out [drag sth<=>out] phr v
to make an event or situation last longer than is necessary
Neither of them wanted to drag the divorce out longer than they had to.
drag out of [drag sth out of sb] phr v
to make someone tell you something when they had not intended to tell you or were not supposed to tell you
Police finally dragged a confession out of him.
drag up [drag sb/sth<=>up] phr v
1.) to mention an unpleasant or embarrassing story from the past, even though it upsets someone
Why do you have to drag that up again?
2.) be dragged up
BrE if a child is dragged up, their parents do not teach them to behave properly - used humorously
Those children have been dragged up, not brought up!
drag 2
drag2 n
1.) a drag informal
a) something or someone that is boring
Don't be such a drag! Come to the party.
b) something that is annoying and continues for a long time
It's a real drag having to travel so far to work every day.
2.) be a drag on sb/sth
to make it hard for someone to make progress towards what they want
Any slowdown in the economy is going to be a drag on the President's re-election campaign.
the act of breathing in smoke from your cigarette
Frank took a drag on his cigarette.
4.) in drag
wearing clothes worn by the opposite sex, especially to entertain people
The whole performance is done in drag.
5.) [U]
the force of air that pushes against an aircraft or a vehicle that is moving forward
The car's rounded edges reduce drag.
6.) the main drag
AmE informal the biggest or longest street that goes through a town
Our hotel is right on the main drag.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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