I am looking for the meaning of the term 'main drag' when used to refer to the main street in a town. How do the words come together, and where do they come from to create the meaning ?
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Drag is a late 18th century for a wagon or buggy, so called because the horse would drag it. By the 1850s this was transferred to the street, as in the phrase main drag. In the 1950s this was adopted by hot rodders--a drag race is one conducted on city streets, or at least that was the original sense.