drag out

phrasal verb

dragged out; dragging out; drags out
: to cause (something) to take more time than necessary
He dragged out the speech much too long.
: to force (something, such as a confession) from (someone) : to make (someone) tell one (something)
The teacher eventually dragged a confession out of one of the students.
Doctors sometimes have to drag information out of their patients.

Examples of drag out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police clad in riot gear used battering rams to enter properties and drag out occupiers while helicopters flew overhead and crowds spilled into the streets. Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2024 Evin Wald, a lead planner and operations manager at Laki Events and Design in Scottsdale, Ariz., believes that guests tend to have a better experience when the festivities are not dragged out. Perri Ormont Blumberg, New York Times, 25 May 2024 Drink 'all the Milwaukee beer humanly possible' Fearing the breweries were dragging out negotiations to stockpile more beer, union members on May 13, 1953, voted overwhelmingly — 6,652 to 108 — to strike. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2024 Here, union hopes have been raised, dashed and dragged out over years. Stephan Bisaha, NPR, 6 May 2024 There is no evidence that Mr. Biden has sought to drag out the cases. Linda Qiu, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024 That argument looks increasingly self-serving the longer the war drags out. Bret Stephens, The Mercury News, 11 Apr. 2024 The effort to drag out the Manhattan case until after the Supreme Court addressed the immunity issue seemed particularly far-fetched. William K. Rashbaum, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Securing compensation for victims of such white-collar crimes can drag out for years. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024

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“Drag out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drag%20out. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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