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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRAW UPON

I have left a separate fund in a savings bank for her to draw upon.

You see what you draw upon yourself by excelling all your sex.

Forced my brother to draw upon him, and has fallen by my brother's sword—like a gentleman.'

Neither had she any capital of scout experience to draw upon.

And, unlike her enemy, Russia had no special war fund to draw upon.

How freely dare I draw upon these intimate chapters of my life?

Hence, to have heat outside, you must draw upon the heat within.

All we have to do is, to draw upon our partner, the living God.

I wonder did Moore have a hint of this, or draw upon his imagination?

What had there been in her blameless life to draw upon her such retribution?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, spelling alteration of Old English dragan "to drag, to draw, protract" (class VI strong verb; past tense drog, past participle dragen), from Proto-Germanic *draganan "carry" (cf. Old Norse draga "to draw," Old Saxon dragan, Old Frisian draga, Middle Dutch draghen, Old High German tragen, German tragen "to carry, bear"), from PIE root *dhragh- (see drag (v.)).

Sense of "make a line or figure" (by "drawing" a pencil across paper) is c.1200. Meaning "pull out a weapon" is c.1200. To draw a criminal (drag him from a horse to place of execution) is from early 14c. To draw a blank "come up with nothing" (1825) is an image from lotteries. As a noun, from 1660s; colloquial sense of "anything that can draw a crowd" is from 1881 (the verb in this sense is 1580s).

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