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- To make something last for more time than is necessary; prolong; extend.
- It seems the boss tries to draw out these meetings for as long as possible just to punish us.
- To physically extract, as blood from a vein.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175, page 071:
- Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
- To extract, bring out, as concealed information; elicit; educe.
- To use means to entice or force (an animal) from its hole or similar hiding place; or, by extension, cause (a shy person) to be more open or talkative.
- They used raw meat to draw the beast out of the cave. She's really a neat person if you just take the time to draw her out.
- (poker) To improve a losing hand to a winning hand by receiving additional cards.
to make something last for more time than is necessary