drag out

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drag out

  1. (idiomatic) To extend or lengthen excessively.
    I don't want to drag out this talk, so I'll stop unless you have questions.
  2. To haul or bring out forcefully or as though with force.
    She dragged out her old Spanish textbooks in an attempt to prepare for her trip.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 105:
      'I'm sure I should have never mentioned anything of the kind to three strange gentlemen if you hadn't dragged it out of me.'