drag up (third-person singular simple present drags up, present participle dragging up, simple past and past participle dragged up)
- To remind people of something, usually unpleasant, from the past.
I don't know why John had to drag up the incident of the car accident. It was really embarrassing.
- (transitive, figuratively) To educate reluctant pupils.
- 1909, Archibald Marshall, The Squire's Daughter, chapterII:
- "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. […]"
- Used other than as an idiom: see drag, up.