drag out



drag out

  1. (transitive) To extend or lengthen excessively.
    I don't want to drag out this talk, so I'll stop now and answer any questions.
  2. (transitive) To haul or bring out forcefully or from an awkward location.
    She dragged out her old Spanish textbooks in an attempt to prepare for her trip.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 105:
      'I'm sure I should have never mentioned anything of the kind to three strange gentlemen if you hadn't dragged it out of me.'