to draw with force, effort, or difficulty; pull heavily or slowly along; haul; trail: They dragged the carpet out of the house.
to search with a drag, grapnel, or the like: They dragged the lake for the body of the missing man.
to level and smooth (land) with a drag or harrow.
to introduce; inject; insert: He drags his honorary degree into every discussion.
to protract (something) or pass (time) tediously or painfully (often followed by out or on): They dragged the discussion out for three hours.
to pull (a graphical image) from one place to another on a computer display screen.
to be drawn or hauled along.
to trail on the ground.
to move heavily or with effort.
to proceed or pass with tedious slowness: The parade dragged by endlessly.
to feel listless or apathetic; move listlessly or apathetically (often followed by around): This heat wave has everyone dragging around.
to lag behind.
to use a drag or grapnel; dredge.
to take part in a drag race.
to take a puff: to drag on a cigarette.
something that retards progress.
Aeronautics. the aerodynamic force exerted on an airfoil, airplane, or other aerodynamic body that tends to reduce its forward motion.
an act of dragging.
slow, laborious movement or procedure; retardation.
Slang. someone or something tedious; a bore: It's a drag having to read this old novel.
a puff or inhalation on a cigarette, pipe, etc.
clothing, makeup, and accessories typically associated with one gender when worn by a person of a different gender: We went to a Mardi Gras ball where many of the dancers were in drag.
a performance art form that is especially associated with LGBTQ+ communities and is characterized by a stylized and exaggerated interpretation of femininity, or sometimes masculinity, that plays with stereotypical gender themes.
clothing characteristic of a particular occupation or milieu:Two guests showed up in gangster drag.
Informal. a street or thoroughfare, especially a main street of a town or city.
a drag race.
a designed increase of draft toward the stern of a vessel.
resistance to the movement of a hull through the water.
any of a number of weights dragged cumulatively by a vessel sliding down ways to check its speed.
any object dragged in the water, as a sea anchor.
any device for dragging the bottom of a body of water to recover or detect objects.
a brake on a fishing reel.
the sideways pull on a fishline, as caused by a crosscurrent.
Agriculture. a heavy wooden or steel frame drawn over the ground to smooth it.
a stout sledge or sled.
a four-horse sporting and passenger coach with seats inside and on top.
a metal shoe to receive a wheel of heavy wagons and serve as a brake on steep grades.
the scent left by a fox or other animal.
something, as aniseed, dragged over the ground to leave an artificial scent.
Also called drag hunt . a hunt, especially a fox hunt, in which the hounds follow an artificial scent.
Also called comb .Masonry. a steel plate with a serrated edge for dressing a stone surface.
Metallurgy. the lower part of a flask.: Compare cope2 (def. 5).
Slang. influence: He claims he has drag with his senator.
Older Slang. a girl or woman that one takes on a date.
marked by or involving the wearing of clothing, makeup, and accessories typically associated with a different gender: They’re so talented at drag makeup.
Idioms about drag
drag one's feet / heels, to act with reluctance; delay: The committee is dragging its feet coming to a decision.
- out·drag, verb (used with object), out·dragged, out·drag·ging.
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How to use drag in a sentence
Though the vast majority of stocks––including beaten down financials and airlines––proved resilient over that period, their numbers and strength weren’t nearly sufficient to offset the drag from the falling tech titans.Will tech stocks stumble or slide? What the fundamentals tell us | Shawn Tully | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
How to vote in your stateBut the president’s ratings overall and on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic are in negative territory and are a drag on his candidacy.Post-ABC Wisconsin poll shows Biden holding narrow edge over Trump | Dan Balz, Emily Guskin | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
If the poll result gets dragged out, or, gasp, gets contested, that will add all kinds of volatility to the markets.Is M&A back? Investors hope so, and that’s lifting global stocks | Bernhard Warner | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
For smaller kids, try dragging a mattress out of the bedroom, propping it against a couch, and encouraging your little ones to scramble to the “peak” at the top.
What had never been done was mobilizing drag artists all over the country in service of getting out the vote.Virtual Drag Out the Vote event features ‘Drag Race’ alum | Steph Purifoy | September 11, 2020 | Washington Blade
This breach is an extraordinary emotional drag on the exhausted population.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive | Peter Schwartzstein | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is this your first time dressing in drag, or have you ever had an Ed Wood moment?Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’ | Marlow Stern | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I went to dinner with Christian and he talked about Guitar drag and I suddenly realized I was going to write about it.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs | Allen Barra | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What it did do was drag him down, as though my shot had dropped him into the dunk tank at the state fair.
Nicki Minaj popularized “yaaasssss” with her song “Yasss Bish” and she claims the pronunciation has roots in drag-queen culture.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist | Samantha Allen | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We, Watsons, are waiting for him to step forward and drag various dark mysteries into the light of day.
Alcee Arobin and Mrs. Highcamp called for her one bright afternoon in Arobin's drag.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
He found such delight in playing that it was frequently necessary to drag him by force from the instrument.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
Frenziedly she caught at the heavy oaken table, and began to drag it across the room as Garnache had begged her.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
If you take hold of your dress on both sides, in that way, and drag it up so high, you will be set down as a raw country girl.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for drag
to pull or be pulled with force, esp along the ground or other surface
(tr; often foll by away or from) to persuade to come away (from something attractive or interesting): he couldn't drag himself away from the shop
to trail or cause to trail on the ground
(tr) to move (oneself, one's feet, etc) with effort or difficulty: he drags himself out of bed at dawn
to linger behind
(often foll by on or out) to prolong or be prolonged tediously or unnecessarily: his talk dragged on for hours
(tr foll by out) to pass (time) in discomfort, poverty, unhappiness, etc: he dragged out his few remaining years
(when intr, usually foll by for) to search (the bed of a river, canal, etc) with a dragnet or hook: they dragged the river for the body
(tr foll by out or from) to crush (clods) or level (a soil surface) by use of a drag
(of hounds) to follow (a fox or its trail) to the place where it has been lying
(intr) slang to draw (on a cigarette, pipe, etc)
computing to move (data) from one place to another on the screen by manipulating a mouse with its button held down
drag anchor (of a vessel) to move away from its mooring because the anchor has failed to hold
drag one's feet or drag one's heels informal to act with deliberate slowness
drag someone's name in the mud to disgrace or defame someone
the act of dragging or the state of being dragged
an implement, such as a dragnet, dredge, etc, used for dragging
Also called: drag harrow a type of harrow consisting of heavy beams, often with spikes inserted, used to crush clods, level soil, or prepare seedbeds
a sporting coach with seats inside and out, usually drawn by four horses
a braking or retarding device, such as a metal piece fitted to the underside of the wheel of a horse-drawn vehicle
a person or thing that slows up progress
slow progress or movement
aeronautics the resistance to the motion of a body passing through a fluid, esp through air: applied to an aircraft in flight, it is the component of the resultant aerodynamic force measured parallel to the direction of air flow
the trail of scent left by a fox or other animal hunted with hounds
an artificial trail of a strong-smelling substance, sometimes including aniseed, drawn over the ground for hounds to follow
See drag hunt
angling unnatural movement imparted to a fly, esp a dry fly, by tension on the angler's line
informal a person or thing that is very tedious; bore: exams are a drag
slang a car
short for drag race
women's clothes worn by a man, usually by a transvestite (esp in the phrase in drag)
(as modifier): a drag club; drag show
informal a draw on a cigarette, pipe, etc
US slang influence or persuasive power
mainly US slang a street or road
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for drag
A force acting on a moving body, opposite in direction to the movement of the body, caused by the interaction of the body and the medium it moves through. The strength of drag usually depends on the velocity of the body.♦ Drag caused by buildup of pressure in front of the moving body and a decrease in pressure behind the body is called pressure drag. It is an important factor in the design of aerodynamically efficient shapes for cars and airplanes.♦ Drag caused by the viscosity of the medium as the molecules along the body's surface move through it is called skin drag or skin friction. It is an important factor in the design of efficient surface materials for cars, airplanes, boat hulls, skis, and swimsuits. Compare lift. See Note at aerodynamics.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with drag
In addition to the idioms beginning with drag
- drag in
- drag on
- drag one's ass
- drag one's feet
- drag queen
- a drag
- in drag
- look like something the cat dragged in
- main drag
- wild horses wouldn't drag me
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