draw (someone or something) out of (someone or something)(redirected from drawing out of)
draw (someone or something) out of (someone or something)
1. To elicit one to reveal or produce something, such as information or emotion. I swore my sister to secrecy, but I'm worried that dad will be able to draw the story out of her. It's amazing how the director is able to consistently draw stellar performances out of her actors. That book managed to draw a lot of regret out of me.
2. To entice or manipulate someone or something to come out of hiding. I saw a feral cat back there earlier, and I hope this bowl of cat food will draw it out.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
draw someone (or an animal)
out of something and draw someone or an animal out to lure someone or an animal out of something or some place. I thought the smell of breakfast would draw him out of his slumber. The catnip drew out the cat from under the front porch.
( oneself ) aside [for someone] to move aside. I drew myself aside so the children could pass. He drew himself aside so Maggie could pass.
( someone or something ) from something to sketch (someone or something) from a particular source, such as memory, real life, a photograph, etc. He is a very good artist. He can draw from a photograph or a painting. I will try to draw him from memory.
draw something out of someone and draw something out
to get some kind of information from someone. He kept his mouth closed, and we couldn't draw anything out of him. We were able to draw out the information we wanted.
draw someone or something out of some placeand draw someone or something out
to pull someone or something out of a place. We drew him out of the crawl space where he lay hiding. We drew the concealed microphone out of the cabinet.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
draw/get a bead on
To take careful aim at.
draw/haul/pull in (one's) horns Informal
1. To restrain oneself; draw back.
2. To retreat from a previously taken position, view, or stance.
3. To economize.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.