an den Haaren herbeigezogen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Past participle of an den Haaren herbeiziehen (literally to drag along by the hair), in the sense of “to force” as in forced (not natural, contrived). Compare the same idiom in several European languages.

Adjective[edit]

an den Haaren herbeigezogen (comparative an den Haaren herbeigezogener or mehr an den Haaren herbeigezogen, superlative am an den Haaren herbeigezogensten or am meisten an den Haaren herbeigezogen)

  1. far-fetched; absurd (highly unlikely)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Compared forms are usually avoided, but not impossible.

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