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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
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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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"Faster!" he shouted to the girl above, "or they will drag us down!" But the ship seemed scarcely to move, though in reality she was rising as rapidly as might have been expected of a one-man flier carrying a load of three.
"I and many others will be physically scarred from what he did, but we will not let it drag us down because we are strong and we will survive."
Failures and mistakes from the past being replayed over and over in your mind like a movie can drag us down into negativity.
If we do not get it right, it will continue to drag us down and help make the Big Four' agenda a pipe dream.Whilst Kenya Power is at the forefront of our minds, there are other players: KenGen, Ketraco, Rural Electrification Authority, Geothermal Development Company, Kenya Nuclear Energy Board and, of course, Energy Regulatory Commission.
But regardless of it all, Tadio remained resilient: 'People may talk behind us, people may not believe in us and people may drag us down but do not be shaken, we do not exist for them; because we live for the people who have faith in us - because this life is for our family.'
The looming state of calamity could drag us down for now but the much needed Boracay transformation may just be what we need to lift it high once again.
The media wants to drag us down with just a week to go, but we are not going to dignify this false tabloid trash with any further response.
How much further is this Government going to drag us down? By the way, Saudi Arabia and America now own over 75 per cent of the NHS.
In this interconnected world, there's a real risk that the world might drag us down.
"We have to accept that it has happened and be professional about taking the lessons, but we can't let it drag us down when we have made so much progress as a team."
If businesses want jobs and prosperity to keep on growing, we cannot afford to let the shortcomings of our education and skills systems drag us down or fail our young people.
"So although we're disappointed, we can't allow it to drag us down because there's so much left to play for this year, whether it's the Top 8 or the Middle 8.
"Everyone is trying to drag us down, but we are a family that gets better when we are pushed.
"I'm hurt, I feel undermined and attacked and I suppose I'm mostly just still in shock but I've got a thick skin and I'm refusing to let this drag us down."