drag on (someone or something)

drag on

To continue for an excessively long time. This case has dragged on for months. When will it finally end?
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drag on (someone or something)

1. Someone or something that one finds stressful or burdensome. I need a break—dealing with a crying baby all day is such a drag on me.
2. An instance of inhaling smoke from a cigarette or something else being smoked. Every time you take a drag on a cigarette, you're inhaling dozens of different toxic chemicals. The detective took a drag on his last cigarette and then crushed the butt beneath his heel.
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drag on

Also, drag out. Prolong or be prolonged tediously. For example, The speech dragged on for another hour, or He dragged out the story in an excruciating manner. [First half of 1800s]
See also: drag, on