- 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 [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter II, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620:
- "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 with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see drag, up.