drag out(redirected from drags out)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
1. To continue for an excessively long time. This case has dragged out for months. When will it finally end?
2. To cause something to continue for an excessively long time. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drag" and "out." I wish management would quit dragging things out and just give someone the promotion already. Please don't dag out your story any longer—get to the point!
slang Completely exhausted, fatigued, or worn out. I was dragged out after only the first mile of the race; I could barely even walk for the rest of it!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Sl. exhausted; worn out. I feel so dragged out. I think I need some sleep. After the game, the whole team was dragged out.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To prolong something tediously: The teacher dragged out the lecture with boring stories. The director dragged the rehearsal out until late in the evening.
2. To be prolonged to the point of tedium: The movie dragged out and I fell asleep.
3. To extract some information from someone by means of a long, drawn-out process: The police dragged the confession out of the suspect. The prosecutor dragged out the truth from the witnesses.
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.
mod. exhausted; worn-out. I feel so dragged out. I think I need some iron.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.