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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRAGGING

With a desperate effort he cast himself into the water, dragging them with him.

Roughly the mechanician shook the man, dragging him to his feet.

When going down hill, the work of dragging the Afang was easier.

"Good night," he added, and walked to the door with dragging feet.

He had chains about his neck and several devils were dragging him along.

The manservant and a driver were dragging portmanteaux into the room.

“Sure,” he replied, dragging forth a bunch of metal discs on a strap.

Our dragging conversation I put an end to as soon as possible.

Augustine went off, sobbing and sniveling, dragging her feet in the snow.

Forthwith he began to run up the hill, dragging Miette with him.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from Old Norse draga, or a dialectal variant of Old English dragan "to draw," both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dragan "to draw, pull," from PIE root *dhragh- "to draw, drag on the ground" (cf. Sanskrit dhrajati "pulls, slides in," Russian drogi "wagon;" but not considered to be directly the source of Latin trahere).

Meaning "to take a puff" (of a cigarette, etc.) is from 1914. Related: Dragged; dragging. Drag-out "violent fight" is from c.1859. To drag (one's) feet (1946, in figurative sense) supposedly is from logging, from a lazy way to use a two-man saw.

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