Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What is the meaning of drag in this context? (From first paragraph of “The Sanctuary”, by Elif Batuman, New Yorker, December 19, 2011)

Directly outside the window, Vegas-style lights stretching across the main drag spelled, in two-foot-high letters, “WELCOME TO THE CITY OF PROPHETS.”

share|improve this question
    
This is a general reference question: onelook.com/?w=main+drag –  MετάEd Sep 14 '12 at 12:19
add comment

closed as general reference by J.R., Andrew Leach, MετάEd, JLG, jwpat7 Sep 14 '12 at 14:18

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1 Answer

up vote 5 down vote accepted

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drag

6: street, road <the main drag>

share|improve this answer
    
To describe the main street as the main drag is a common slang expression. "The primary commercial street in a smaller city." urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=drag –  Robin Michael Sep 14 '12 at 10:31
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.