Drawing the short straw
'The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you'
Anita Roddick (1942-2007) - British businesswoman
To draw and to draw
To draw is a verb that has a few different meanings. It can mean 'to make a picture of something with a pencil or pen', 'to take something out of something', 'to get an equal score' or 'to pull or direct something in a definite direction'.
Choose the correct word or phrase to complete these sentences.
1 He drew some money out of his (back pocket / garden).
2 Jonny can draw (brilliantly / sleepily).
3 Draw a line under the (title / path).
4 The teacher drew James to the side of the (classroom / pitch) and told him the bad news.
5 The donkey drew the cart slowly up the (pond / hill).
6 The (soldier / magician) drew a rabbit out of a hat.
7 Manchester United and Manchester City drew their (journey / match).
8 I'll draw (the doors / the curtains). It's getting dark.
The meaning of 'to draw' changes when a preposition like 'up' or 'back' is added. What do these phrasal verbs mean?
1 to draw back
a. to sprint after seeing someone or something
b. to move away from someone or something, often in fear or disgust
2 to draw (something) out
a. to disagree with everyone on your team
b. to make something last longer than it needs to
3 to draw on (something)
a. to use information or knowledge to get something done
b. to ask someone for information
4 to draw in
a. to become darker because winter is coming
b. to get lighter because spring is here
Build your vocab
What do these useful verb phrases mean?
1 to draw a veil over something
a. to stop thinking or speaking about something unpleasant
b. to close the curtains
2 to draw the short straw
a. to win a large amount of money
b. to be selected to do something unpleasant
3 to draw in your horns
a. to have a new hairstyle
b. to be more careful with spending your money than you have been recently
4 to draw to a close
a. to slowly end
b. to end quickly and suddenly
5 to draw a blank
a. to fail to remember something after trying hard
b. to eat so much food that you feel ill
Complete these sentences with the correct words
1 I think we will draw (a veil / a blank) over the lie you told yesterday.
2 I've been trying to remember who that woman was for three days, but I've drawn a complete (short straw / blank).
3 I drew (on / in) everything I knew about pirates to write that short story.
4 You spent too much money last month. You are going to have to draw (in your horns / back).
5 I was really sad when the Harry Potter books drew (a blank / to a close).
6 I've drawn (a veil / the short straw). It's my turn to clean the toilets.
To draw: 1. back pocket, 2. brilliantly, 3. title, 4. classroom, 5. hill, 6. magician, 7. match, 8. the curtains
Braw back: 1. b, 2. b, 3. a, 4. a
Build your vocab: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. a
Word power: 1. a veil, 2. blank, 3. on, 4. in your horns, 5. to a close, 6. the short straw