Idioms

Origin of draw

before 900; Middle English drawen, Old English dragan; cognate with Old Norse draga to draw, German tragen to carry; cf. drag

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Draw, drag, haul, pull imply causing movement of an object toward one by exerting force upon it. To draw is to move by a force, in the direction from which the force is exerted: A magnet draws iron to it. To drag is to draw with the force necessary to overcome friction between the object drawn and the surface on which it rests: to drag a sled to the top of a hill. To haul is to transport a heavy object slowly by mechanical force or with sustained effort: to haul a large boat across a portage. To pull is to draw or tug, exerting varying amounts of force according to the effort needed: to pull out an eyelash; to pull fighting dogs apart.
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British Dictionary definitions for draw up (1 of 2)

draw up


verb (adverb)

to come or cause to come to a halt
(tr)
  1. to prepare a draft of (a legal document)
  2. to formulate and write out in appropriate formto draw up a contract
(used reflexively) to straighten oneself
to form or arrange (a body of soldiers, etc) in order or formation

British Dictionary definitions for draw up (2 of 2)

draw

/ (drɔː) /

verb draws, drawing, drew or drawn

noun

Derived Forms

drawable, adjective

Word Origin for draw

Old English dragan; related to Old Norse draga; Old Frisian draga, Old Saxon dragan, Old High German tragan to carry
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Idioms and Phrases with draw up (1 of 2)

draw up


1

Compose or write out in a set form, as in The lawyer drew up the contract. [First half of 1600s]

2

Arrange in order or formation, put in position, as in The band-leader drew up his players, or The officer drew up the troops. [c. 1600]

3

Bring or come to a halt, as in The car drew up to the curb. [Early 1800s]

4

draw oneself up. Assume an erect posture to express dignity or indignation. For example, She drew herself up and protested. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with draw up (2 of 2)

draw


In addition to the idioms beginning with draw

  • draw a bead on
  • draw a blank
  • draw a line between
  • draw and quarter
  • draw an inference
  • draw a veil over
  • draw away
  • draw back
  • draw blood
  • draw down
  • draw fire
  • draw in
  • drawing board
  • drawing card
  • draw in one's horns
  • draw in the reins
  • draw on
  • draw out
  • draw straws
  • draw the curtain
  • draw the line at
  • draw up

also see:

  • back to the drawing board
  • beat to it (the draw)
  • daggers drawn
  • luck of the draw
  • quick on the draw
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