Are we going to draw down, or are we going to keep a force there?
How to ensure U.S. national security is not undermined as we “responsibly” draw down?
As NATO starts to draw down forces, Pakistan's paranoia about India's role in Afghanistan will expand.
President Obama spoke at Camp LeJeune in February 2009 without incident, announcing his plan to draw down U.S. forces from Iraq.
Second, there was a very natural fear that it might draw down the enemy's fire on the Belgians.
Then it strove to draw down to the depths of the ocean the boat of those who had hooked it.
She made a movement to draw down the sleeve, but the eager curiosity of childhood was not to be eluded.
So then, when alarmed, all they can do is to draw down the arms into the cup.
These draw down upon us the contempt of our fellow-mortals who are gifted with keener intelligence.
They curl up their legs, draw down their antennæ, and drop to the ground.
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.