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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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The victim was grabbed from behind and knocked unconscious before being dragged down a flight of steps.
Helen of Troy dragged down the group with a 10.89 percent decline to close at $17.19 per share.
This is the reason why so many are trying to get into schools such as his, with many destined to be disappointed and dragged down the education ladder .
Hall dragged down Panthers receiver Steve Smith to earn a 37-yard pass interference penalty, then he picked up two 15-yarders for shoving Smith and complaining to officials.
The Nikkei fell 0.28 per cent yesterday, retreating from a seven-year closing high as drops in property investment trust prices dragged down Mitsubishi Estate Co and other property shares and the yen's slide hit importers like food and paper companies.
Oldham pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time when Chris Porter was dragged down in the box by Neil Young, Andy Liddell struck home the spot-kick.
On the other hand, while the work as a whole is very enjoyable, parts of it are dragged down by details of character development and the novel shows some evidence of sloppy editing, for example, the extremely colloquial phrase, 'isn't in it' or 'wasn't in it' appears far too often.
Mr Palombella, from Bootle, died after being dragged down Walton Road, Walton, and run over on December 1.
said quarterly profit fell 8%, dragged down by restructuring charges, but higher-than-expected sales helped it meet Wall Street's profit forecast, excluding the charges.
The seasonally adjusted annual rate for May was five percent lower than the record set in February, and that has dragged down the overall total," Simonson noted.
Citation's reorganization plan erases much of the debt that had dragged down the casting firm's profitability.
The result was dragged down by a negative development within the group's trading operations.
But within a half-hour, as dancing dragged down into schtick and daring fizzled into half-hearted entanglements, the excitement leaked off.
Thanks to the Goss purge, the CIA--always a problematic agency at best--may be dragged down to the level of the OSP, and tasked with creating "intelligence" to suit the whims of President Bush and his cohorts.
The seven-year-old dog is believed to have been thrown in to the river around four miles away at Bonhill or Renton, and dragged down river in the tide.