draw something out

draw something out
draw (something) out 1. to make something last longer than is usual or necessary.

I can't see any reason to draw the investigation out any longer.

She paused to draw out the suspense.

2. to completely explain something.

Historians have to draw out, analyze, and judge the importance of the actions of others.


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  • draw someone out — draw (someone/something) out to persuade someone to express their thoughts and feelings. She was good at drawing out young people and getting them to talk about their dreams. She worked hard to draw out all the different opinions people had …   New idioms dictionary

  • draw smb out — make a person talk or tell something She was very quiet but we finally were able to draw her out so that she would join the party …   Idioms and examples

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  • prick something out — draw or decorate by making small holes in a surface. → prick prick something out plant seedlings in small holes made in the earth. → prick …   English new terms dictionary

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  • draw something up — 1 we drew up a list: COMPOSE, formulate, frame, write down, draft, prepare, think up, devise, work out; create, invent, de …   Useful english dictionary

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