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draw out (third-person singular simple present draws out, present participle drawing out, simple past drew out, past participle drawn out)

  1. To make something last for more time than is necessary; prolong; extend.
    It seems the boss tries to draw out these meetings for as long as possible just to punish us.
  2. To physically extract, as blood from a vein.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175, page 071:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  3. To extract, bring out, as concealed information; elicit; educe.
  4. To use means to entice or force (an animal) from its hole or similar hiding place; or, by extension, cause (a shy person) to be more open or talkative.
    They used raw meat to draw the beast out of the cave.  She's really a neat person if you just take the time to draw her out.
  5. (poker) To improve a losing hand to a winning hand by receiving additional cards.
    Jill had a flush on the turn, but Jimmy drew out by completing a full house on the river.