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phrasal verbinformal British
Bring up a child badly.
- ‘would you have her dragged up by a succession of au pairs?’
- ‘But part of me thinks Geoff and I would have been better off if we had been dragged up together.’
- ‘I spent a long time disagreeing with my own parents about their ways of dragging me up - yet more and more I find it harder to pick fault, because I think that in general I've turned out OK.’
- ‘Yes, that Belfast street where he was dragged up, it was such a dangerous place that if there was ever a knock at the door, his father'd only go to answer it if he had an axe in his hand.’
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