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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.
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              Dragged by the cords which through his feet were
              thrust.                               --Denham.
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              The grossness of his nature will have weight to drag
              thee down.                            --Tennyson.
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              A needless Alexandrine ends the song
              That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length
              along.                                --Pope.
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     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.
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              Then while I dragged my brains for such a song.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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     3. To draw along, as something burdensome; hence, to pass in
        pain or with difficulty.
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              Have dragged a lingering life.        -- Dryden.
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     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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