/ drAg; drA^/ v (-gg-) 1 [Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] pull(sb/sth) along with effort and difficulty , , , : The cat was dragging its broken leg. . * We dragged the fallen tree clear of the road. . * drag oneself along, home . =>illus at pull pull. =>Usage at pull2 pull2. 2 [Ipr, Ip] move slowly and with effort : She always drags behind. . 3 [Tn.pr, Tn.p] (fig ) persuade (sb) to come or go somewhere unwillingly : I could hardly drag the children away (from the party). . * She dragged herself out of bed, still half asleep. , . 4 [I, Ipr, Ip, Tn, Tn.pr] (cause sth to) trail on the ground : Your coat's dragging in the mud. . * The ship dragged her anchor during the storm, ie The anchor did not stay in its place on the sea bottom. . 5 [I, Ip] ~ (on) (of sth boring or irritating) go on too long : The film dragged terribly. . * How much longer is this going to drag on? ? 6 [Tn] search (the bottom of a river, lake, etc) with nets, hooks, etc , , : They dragged the canal for the missing child. . 7 (idm ) drag one's `feet/`heels be deliberately slow or ineffective : I want to sell the house, but my husband is dragging his feet, ie will not make a decision. , . drag sb/sb's name through the mire/mud bring disgrace to sb by behaving very badly . 8 (phr v) drag sb down make sb feel weak or depressed : Hot weather always drags me down. . drag sb down (to sth) (infml ) bring sb to a lower social level, standard of behaviour, etc : I'm afraid the children will all be dragged down to his level. . drag sth in/into sth introduce (a subject which has nothing to do with what is being talked about) into the conversation : Must you drag politics into everything? ? drag sb into doing sth make sb take part in an activity against his will : She had to be dragged into seeing the dentist. . drag sth out make sth longer than necessary : Let's not drag out this discussion, we've got to reach a decision. , . drag sth out (of sb) make sb reveal or give (information, etc) unwillingly : drag a confession, fact, concession, etc out of sb . drag sb up (Brit) raise (a child) badly and without proper care . drag sth up introduce unnecessarily into a conversation (a fact, story, etc that is considered unpleasant) : She dragged up that incident just to embarrass me. .