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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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'I should like it above all things, Rachel, and I'd give you such wages as I could afford: such as I should give to any servant-of- all-work I might employ: but don't you see I should be dragging you down with me when you have done nothing to deserve it?'
The water grasps, cold as death, Dragging you in, dragging you Down, down, down to The inky black.
To stay positive, it is fundamental to have motivating influences in your life that support you and uplift you, instead of dragging you down. I call them energisers and I do my best to stay away from drainers.
This is where I am coming: perhaps people with whom you are sharing your walk have been dragging you down over the years as an effect of them being once drenched with the cold water of bitter experience in the past.
instrument of praise there is, a sack of noises dragging you down, while
You watch helplessly while the person you love sinks lower and lower, dragging you down with them, and there's little you can do to help.
While THIS IS NOT THE LIFE I ORDERED: 50 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER WHEN LIFE KEEPS DRAGGING YOU DOWN is for any who have felt overworked or unlucky in life.
"Then you develop delusions, like it's some devil or force dragging you down."