1. a rough party, a brawl; also attrib.
|Glance at N.Y. I iv: Come along, for I’m itching for a regular knock-down and drag-out!|
|Nation 30 June 411/2: We have been forcibly struck with the number of encounters, [...] knock-downs, drag-outs [DA].|
|One-Way Ride 81: He was a hot-tempered fellow [...] mixing in many knock-down and drag-out rows.|
|Bound for Glory (1969) 419: God, they really must have had a knockdown dragout!|
|Madball (2019) 123: What he needed, he thought, was a good drunk. A two-weeks knockdown-dragout drunk.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 117: I left it hanging there so if he wanted to think I had been in a drag-out fight, he could.|
|On High Steel 69: He’s a knock-down, drag-out rummy.|
2. one who indulges in a fierce fight.
|Southern Sketches n.p.: He’s a rael [sic] stormer, ring clipper, snow belcher, and drag out [DA].|
3. a dance.
|Lantern (N.O.) 6 Aug. 3: Drag-outs, what is called dances, given by street loafers an’ sich.|
4. (US) a party held in the country, beyond the big city.
|Judge (NY) 91 July-Dec. 31: Dragiut - Out-of-town party.|