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Phrasal Verbs

draw out

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. a lot of information to check

b. an efficient, hard-working team

c. the best equipment available

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