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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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References in classic literature ?
"If you do I'll drag you down to the rainwater hogshed and drop you in," said Anne unsympathetically.
I'm a poor, miserable, forlorn drudge; I shall only drag you down with me, that's all.
Will you miss all I can give you, only to have a bug jump on you and drag you down? There is no equity in life.
Think of all that you have done for me, and then think of the black ingratitude of it if I ruin you for life by consenting to our marriage--if I selfishly, cruelly, wickedly, drag you down to the level of a woman like me!"
You will never be able to realize your dreams in life if you allow those who have been 'drenched with cold water' of disappointment and pain drag you down. And that someone failed in an area does not mean that you are going to fail in same area.
A healthy relationship does not drag you down. It inspires you to be better.
Sir Bruce told the Mirror last year: "The constant week after week can drag you down, especially when you are getting older."
Moving effortlessly from guitar-fueled scorchers ("Scream") to string-filled torch songs ("Don't Let Me Drag You Down"), Bettens sings like a woman who's moved beyond world-weary to find the wonder and joy of everyday life.
So why let a controllable thing like your weight drag you down?
"The worst person to have a conversation with is exactly who we tend to go to," says Guillory, "It's the person who will drag you down or give you pity or who feels as disenfranchised as you do.
"Being a manager can drag you down, there is an obsession with the job and it can kill you.
Grudges only drag you down and keep you from getting on more positive footing.