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To continue for an excessively long time. This case has dragged out for months. When will it finally end?
slang Completely exhausted, fatigued, or worn out. I was dragged out after only the first mile of the race; I could barely even walk for the rest of it!
Sl. exhausted; worn out. I feel so dragged out. I think I need some sleep. After the game, the whole team was dragged out.
1. To prolong something tediously: The teacher dragged out the lecture with boring stories. The director dragged the rehearsal out until late in the evening.
2. To be prolonged to the point of tedium: The movie dragged out and I fell asleep.
3. To extract some information from someone by means of a long, drawn-out process: The police dragged the confession out of the suspect. The prosecutor dragged out the truth from the witnesses.
mod. exhausted; worn-out. I feel so dragged out. I think I need some iron.