Idioms

    drag one's feet/heels, to act with reluctance; delay: The committee is dragging its feet coming to a decision.

Origin of drag

1350–1400; 1920–25 for def 18; Middle English; both noun and v. probably < Middle Low German dragge grapnel, draggen to dredge, derivative of drag- draw; defs 29, 30, 38 obscurely related to other senses and perhaps a distinct word of independent orig.

SYNONYMS FOR drag

Related forms

out·drag, verb (used with object), out·dragged, out·drag·ging.

Synonym study

1. See draw.
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Examples from the Web for drag-out

  • For one thing, Blair and Brown were classic knock-down, drag-out political rivals.

    The Bitter Feud on Downing Street|Stryker McGuire|March 29, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • If a man had quarreled with me, we'd have had a knock-down and drag-out and nothing more thought of it.

    In a Little Town|Rupert Hughes
  • Have we got to have a knock-down and drag-out on this of all nights?

    The Blind Spot|Austin Hall

British Dictionary definitions for drag-out

drag

/ (dræɡ) /

verb drags, dragging or dragged


noun

Word Origin for drag

Old English dragan to draw; related to Swedish dragga
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Science definitions for drag-out

drag

[ drăg ]

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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Idioms and Phrases with drag-out

drag

In addition to the idioms beginning with drag

  • drag in
  • drag on
  • drag one's ass
  • drag one's feet
  • drag queen

also see:

  • a drag
  • in drag
  • look like something the cat dragged in
  • main drag
  • wild horses wouldn't drag me

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