- drag rake,
- drag sail,
- drag strip,
- drag up,
- dragging piece,
Origin of dragging
verb (used with object), dragged, drag·ging.
verb (used without object), dragged, drag·ging.
- 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.
- 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.
- a brake on a fishing reel.
- the sideways pull on a fishline, as caused by a crosscurrent.
Origin of drag
Examples from the Web for dragging
Even on the day the wall fell, the East Germans were dragging their feet.How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall|William O’Connor|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They say The Guardian has been dragging its feet on the pursuit of NSA-related stories while keeping the Times on a short leash.Is The Guardian Holding Back The New York Times’ Snowden Stories?|Lloyd Grove|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The EU needs another Greece or Portugal dragging down the euro like the EU needs another bureaucrat in Brussels.Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster|P. J. O’Rourke|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The driver responded by hitting Singh with his truck and dragging him for 30 feet.
They beat the activists, dragging bloodied bodies through the snow and herding women and children into armored vans.The Belarus Free Theatre’s Badass Dissident Artists Get the HBO Treatment|Katie Baker|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure enough, Oliver appeared at the moment, dragging a heavy spar behind him.The Crew of the Water Wagtail|R.M. Ballantyne
He could see now that they were dragging a hay-wagon with ropes.The Boy Scouts Book of Stories|Various
When boy cannot be made to rhyme with employ, Crabbe is very fond of dragging in a hoy.Hours in a Library|Leslie Stephen
Presently these undermined rocks would collapse, dragging down in their fall all the surrounding earth.Peasant Tales of Russia|V.I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko
I was leading my tired beast, and dragging him along as well as I could.Alone with the Hairy Ainu|A. H. Savage Landor
verb drags, dragging or dragged
- women's clothes worn by a man, usually by a transvestite (esp in the phrase in drag)
- (as modifier)a drag club; drag show
- clothes collectively
Word Origin for drag
mid-15c., from Old Norse draga, or a dialectal variant of Old English dragan "to draw," both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dragan "to draw, pull," from PIE root *dhragh- "to draw, drag on the ground" (cf. Sanskrit dhrajati "pulls, slides in," Russian drogi "wagon;" but not considered to be directly the source of Latin trahere).
Meaning "to take a puff" (of a cigarette, etc.) is from 1914. Related: Dragged; dragging. Drag-out "violent fight" is from c.1859. To drag (one's) feet (1946, in figurative sense) supposedly is from logging, from a lazy way to use a two-man saw.
c.1300, "dragnet," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish dragg "grapnel") or from Old English dræge "dragnet," related to dragan "to draw" (see drag (v.)).
Sense of "annoying, boring person or thing" is 1813, perhaps from the notion of something that must be dragged as an impediment. Sense of "women's clothing worn by a man" is said to be 1870 theater slang, from the sensation of long skirts trailing on the floor (another guess is Yiddish trogn "to wear," from German tragen); drag queen is from 1941.
Drag racing (1947), is said to be from thieves' slang drag "automobile" (1935), perhaps ultimately from slang sense of "wagon, buggy" (1755), because a horse would drag it. By 1851 this was transferred to "street," as in the phrase main drag (which some propose as the source of the racing sense).
In addition to the time trials there are a number of "drag races" between two or more cars. They are run, not for record, but to satisfy the desire of most Americans to see who can get from here to there in the fastest time. ["Popular Mechanics," January 1947]
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