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    a few other connotations of "draw on"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    Her refusal only drew her lover on.
    They drew the poor child on with false promises.
    draw on = raise the hope; inspire with hope = lure

    A writer has to draw on his imagination and experience.
    I shall have to draw on the money.
    draw on = make use of something or someone

    Black Prince is beginning to draw on the leading horse.
    draw on = catch up with

    As time drew on his health improved.
    Help me to draw on these boots, they're very light.
    draw on = put on a piece of clothing

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: a few other connotations of "draw on"

    Only the second set, drawing on your imagination, sounds natural to me.

    The first could be that she led her lover on. (That doesn't work with the child example.)

    A lady might drawn on her stockings. It's a slower process than putting on a boot.

    You draw UP on someone to mean you catch up to them.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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