drag up

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drag up (third-person singular simple present drags up, present participle dragging up, simple past and past participle dragged up)

  1. To remind people of something, usually unpleasant, from the past.
    I don't know why John had to drag up the incident of the car accident. It was really embarrassing.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To educate reluctant pupils.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter II, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620:
      "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. []"
  3. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see drag,‎ up.