Cricket take the stumps out of the ground at close of play:I drew stumps swearing to myself I’d never umpire again
quick on the draw
very fast in taking one’s gun from its holster.
very fast in acting or reacting.
choose not to do something that one was expected to do:the government has drawn back from attempting reform
draw something down
(or draw down)
reduce the size of a military force in an area:more had to be done before the US could begin to draw down its forces in any significant numberwe need to start letting them stand on their own feet, and that isn’t going to happen until we start drawing down
withdraw money from a fund or loan facility:I’m not actually going to be drawing down any of the loan until early 1999she would have to draw down on her $253,000 investments at a rate of 7.2 per cent
withdraw water, oil, or gas from a reservoir or repository:the state began drawing down some of its stored water
(of successive days) become shorter because of the changing seasons.
(of a day) approach its end.
(of successive evenings or nights) start earlier because of the changing seasons:the nights were drawing in fast
(of a period of time) pass by and approach its end:he remembered sitting in silence with his grandmother as evening drew on
draw something on
put an item of clothing on:he drew on his dressing gown
(of successive days) become longer because of the changing seasons:she talked about the snowdrops and how the days were beginning to draw out
draw someone out
gently or subtly persuade someone to talk or become more expansive:she drew me out and flattered me
draw something out
make something last longer:the transition was long and drawn out
come to a halt:drivers drew up at the lights
draw something up
prepare a plan, agreement, or other document in detail:they instructed an attorney to draw up a sales agreement
draw oneself up
make oneself stand in a stiffly upright manner:Sarah drew herself up, full of indignation that he should presume to judge her