When something drags, it moves with great resistance, or it’s difficult to move because it’s heavy or not built for easy movement.

  • The workers dragged 100-pound bags of rice to the storage area.
  • After cutting down a tree, we dragged the branches to a chipper where they were cut into smaller pieces.
  • Tommy’s mother told her son to quit dragging his feet because he was ruining the top part of his shoes.
  • I dragged my rake over the dirt in order to create a level surface for my garden.

A popular use of the word "drag" expresses an unpleasant experience or slow passage of time. In this case, "drag" can be used as a noun or as a verb.

  • Our English class seemed to drag on for hours. (verb)
  • It’s a drag to have to stand in line for a long time. (noun)
  • This is such a drag. (noun)

There are a few other ways to use the word "drag."

  • A drag race is a race between two cars. This can take the form of legal or illegal racing.
  • A drag queen is a man who likes to dress up in women’s clothing.
  • To take a drag is to inhale something.

woman dragging man away

It’s not easy to drag him away from his computer.

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This page was published on June 4, 2017.