Figure of a youth leaning forward, to draw away the fallen warrior.
I laid my hand on her arm and held it there, though she tried to draw away.
A stranger had entered the battle at the time when it seemed that the men of King Lygni must draw away.
I plead with you do not draw away your skirts for fear of contamination.
She puts loadstones in some of them to draw away a lover from a girl.
Literally to draw away from under, or in an underhanded way, as by stealth.
In that loneliness she wondered if there were not those other people—people who could "hear" and not draw away.
He hunched closer to his table as if to draw away from the woman.
Look at the good girls; how will they draw away from such as you when they know you have been weak.
But this time, instead of letting her draw away, he put out his arms and caught her to him.
c.1200, spelling alteration of Old English dragan "to drag, to draw, protract" (class VI strong verb; past tense drog, past participle dragen), from Proto-Germanic *draganan "carry" (cf. Old Norse draga "to draw," Old Saxon dragan, Old Frisian draga, Middle Dutch draghen, Old High German tragen, German tragen "to carry, bear"), from PIE root *dhragh- (see drag (v.)).
Sense of "make a line or figure" (by "drawing" a pencil across paper) is c.1200. Meaning "pull out a weapon" is c.1200. To draw a criminal (drag him from a horse to place of execution) is from early 14c. To draw a blank "come up with nothing" (1825) is an image from lotteries. As a noun, from 1660s; colloquial sense of "anything that can draw a crowd" is from 1881 (the verb in this sense is 1580s).
game or contest that ends without a winner, attested first in drawn match (1610s), of uncertain origin; some speculate it is from withdraw. Draw-game is from 1825. As a verb, "to leave undecided," from 1837.