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draw out

Meaning: to make something last longer than usual or longer than necessary

Synonym: prolong

For example:

  • be drawn out The trial was drawn out for another month or two by the defense attorney's delaying tactics.

  • draw sth out The government wanted to draw the inquiry out so that they wouldn't have to act on it before the election.

Quick Quiz:

The police investigation was drawn out because they had
  1. a lot of information to check
  2. an efficient, hard-working team
  3. the best equipment available

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