draw out

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draw out (third-person singular simple present draws out, present participle drawing out, simple past drew out, past participle drawn out)

  1. 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.
  2. To physically extract, as blood from a vein.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], →OCLC:
      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.
  3. To extract, bring out, as concealed information; elicit; educe.
  4. To use means to entice or force (an animal) from its hole or similar hiding place.
    They used raw meat to draw the beast out of the cave.
  5. (by extension) To cause (a shy person) to be more open or talkative.
    She's really a neat person if you just take the time to draw her out.
  6. (poker) To improve a losing hand to a winning hand by receiving additional cards.
    Jill had a flush on the turn, but Jimmy drew out by completing a full house on the river.
  7. (obsolete, intransitive) To leave the place (of an army), etc.
    • 1732, Memorials of the English Affairs:
      That the Scots Army drew out upon a March, and the English Army drew out to attend them, but could not engage them, by reason of a Bog and great Ditch between the two Armies, only they discharged their great Guns at one another, []