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drag down

1. To physically move something from a higher location to a lower one. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drag" and "down." Every day, the kids drag lots of toys down from their bedrooms, and every night, they whine about having to take them back upstairs.
2. To cause a decrease in the standard or quality of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drag" and "down." It seems that all the construction in this part of town is dragging down our real estate prices.
3. slang To cause one to feel sad or demoralized. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drag" and "down." Honestly, having to listen to you two fight all the time is really dragging me down.
See also: down, drag
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

drag down

v.
1. To pull something or someone from a higher to a lower position: She dragged down the boxes from the attic. Help me drag the camping gear down the hill.
2. To lower the quality, character, or value of something or someone: His disruptions are dragging down the performance of the other students. Recent events have dragged prices down.
3. Slang To exhaust, discourage, or depress someone: All this work is really dragging me down. The lowered salaries have dragged down morale.
See also: down, drag
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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We forget that these are the same players we celebrate when they win championships, and we drag them down for poor performance in such a disgusting manner.
Giamba Venditti, above, says Newcastle Falcons must, while learning from Saturday's defeat at Gloucester, not let it drag them down with Worcester up next
To make room for these buttons, select the Orders subform and the Orders Detail subform (select both subforms by clicking on one of them, then holding down the Shift key and clicking on the second one) and drag them down about a half-inch.
We could take our fingers and drag them down the wing or anywhere on his plane, leaving lines in the soot."
"Liverpool need leaders with dignity, class and decency - but their management team will drag them down.
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