|Origin:||draga or Old English dragan; DRAW1|
drag1 S3 W3 past tense and past participle dragged, present participle dragging
to pull something along the ground, often because it is too heavy to carry
drag something away/along/through etc
Inge managed to drag the table into the kitchen.
to pull someone somewhere where they do not want to go, in a way that is not gentle:
pull somebody[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
He grabbed her arm and dragged her into the room.
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?
if you drag someone somewhere, you persuade or force them to come with you when they do not want to:
persuade somebody to come[transitive always + adverb/preposition] informal
Mom dragged us to a classical music concert.
to move words, pictures etc on a computer screen by pulling them along with the mouse:
You can drag and drop text like this.
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
touch the ground[intransitive]
Your coat's dragging in the mud.
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.
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.
to tell people about the bad things that someone has done, so that they will have a bad opinion of them
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
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.
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 somebody/something ↔ downphrasal verb
to make someone feel unhappy and weak:
Joe's been ill for weeks now - it's really dragging him down.
to make the price, level, or quality of something go down:
Declining prices for aluminium have dragged down the company's earnings.
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 somebody/something into somethingphrasal verb
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.
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 onphrasal verb
drag on for
an expensive court battle that could drag on for years
drag something ↔ outphrasal verb
Neither of them wanted to drag the divorce out longer than they had to.
drag something out of somebodyphrasal verb
Police finally dragged a confession out of him.
drag somebody/something ↔ upphrasal verb
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 British English
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!