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for To drag an anchor
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Drag \Drag\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dragged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Dragging.] [OE. draggen; akin to Sw. dragga to search with
a grapnel, fr. dragg grapnel, fr. draga to draw, the same
word as E. draw. ? See Draw.]
1. To draw slowly or heavily onward; to pull along the ground
by main force; to haul; to trail; -- applied to drawing
heavy or resisting bodies or those inapt for drawing, with
labor, along the ground or other surface; as, to drag
stone or timber; to drag a net in fishing.
Dragged by the cords which through his feet were
The grossness of his nature will have weight to drag
thee down. --Tennyson.
A needless Alexandrine ends the song
That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length
2. To break, as land, by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to
harrow; to draw a drag along the bottom of, as a stream or
other water; hence, to search, as by means of a drag.
Then while I dragged my brains for such a song.
3. To draw along, as something burdensome; hence, to pass in
pain or with difficulty.
Have dragged a lingering life. -- Dryden.
To drag an anchor (Naut.), to trail it along the bottom
when the anchor will not hold the ship.
Syn: See Draw.
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