Phrasal Verbs with 'Draw'

Draw back

Retreat, move backwards

Example: He DREW BACK when the dog barked.

Draw down

Reduce levels

Example: The administration want to DRAW DOWN troop numbers as soon as they can.

Draw down

Get funding

Example: The college wants to DRAW DOWN extra funding for IT provision.

Draw down

To deplete by consumption or heavy spending

Example: Gas reserves were DRAWN DOWN in the recent cold spell.

Draw even

Equalize one’s competitive position

Example: The exhausted horse DREW EVEN at the finish line.

Draw in

Get dark earlier

Example: The nights are DRAWING IN now it's winter.

Draw in

Arrive at a station (for trains)

Example: The train DREW IN and we got off.

Draw into

Get involved in something unpleasant

Example: I didn't want to take sides because I didn't want to get DRAWN INTO their arguments.

Draw on

Pass slowly (time)

Example: As the lesson DREW ON, the students started to get bored.

Draw on

Inhale smoke from a cigarette, cigar, etc

Example: He DREW ON his cigarette and coughed.

Draw on

Exploit or use knowledge, skills or information for a specific purpose or aim

Example: The training DRAWS ON the expertise of various people.

Draw out

Make something continue longer than needed

Example: The director DREW the meeting OUT with a lengthy speech.

Draw out

Make a shy person more outgoing

Example: He was so quiet at first, but the teacher managed to DRAW him OUT and get him to participate.

Draw up

Prepare a contract

Example: The contract was DRAWN UP by our solicitor.

Draw up

When a vehicle stops

Example: The police car DREW UP alongside him at the red lights and asked him to pull over.

Draw upon

Exploit or use knowledge, skills or information for a specific purpose or aim

Example: I DREW UPON my previous experience to find the solution.