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brain drain
drain board
drain/empty a cup (=drink all the coffee, tea etc in it)
▪ He lifted his cup of coffee and drained it.
draining board
storm drain
unblock a toilet/drain/chimney etc
▪ It was appalling and ridiculous, and this inner battle was draining away what little strength she had left.
▪ The waste water would be drained away through a 2, 000-foot tunnel, 150 feet below the river level.
▪ When the spirit flags, the body follows, and Jack Stone was literally draining away with despair and fear.
▪ Suddenly, palpably, his anger drained away.
▪ I watched the light drain away and felt the cold clawing at the earth between the tables.
▪ From the one narrow window the daylight was draining away.
▪ The only comfortable position was standing up because then the fluid drained away and stopped pressing against his lungs.
▪ We drain away force as we indulge in inner talk.
▪ Turn off the water, drain down and bale out the cistern to give it a good clean.
▪ He could feel the blood draining down to his shoes.
▪ If this does not work, you will have to drain down the pipe and remove the fitting.
▪ For extended periods of a week or more, you must drain down the household plumbing system.
▪ In other words, aggressive fantasy may suggest or stimulate aggressive behaviour, rather than drain off the motive to behave aggressively.
▪ Saute in a separate pan the salt pork and onions. Drain off fat and add onions to simmering beef.
▪ And when that didn't drain off enough cash, yet another assistance plan required the state to eliminate 120,000 jobs.
▪ The blood had been carefully drained off when the birds were slaughtered.
▪ Always remember to drain off excess fuel first.
▪ Water drained off fields throughout the day, swelling rivers.
▪ Dry-fry the bacon in a non-stick pan until almost tender but without colour. Drain off any fat.
▪ Remove the mince, drain off any excess fat through a colander or sieve and wipe the pan or wok.
▪ Where the water dripped on to my dirt floor, I scraped a trench with my pocket knife to let it drain out.
▪ And gradually the goo started to drain out of my poetry.
▪ Everything had been drained out of me by then, and my eyes were already shut.
▪ The sun had set and the light was draining out of the flat fields.
▪ Conviction will be drained out of us.
▪ The rinse water drained out of the machine with a sucking groan.
▪ Her arms crept around his waist and every last scrap of fight and anger drained fluidly from her body.
▪ Suddenly, palpably, his anger drained away.
▪ I could feel the blood draining from my face.
▪ Their throats had been punctured and their blood drained.
▪ He could feel the blood draining down to his shoes.
▪ The blood had been carefully drained off when the birds were slaughtered.
▪ Then she felt the blood drain from her face as she realised he was right.
▪ Without the bags, blood drained on the deck and filled the Huey with a sweet smell, a horribly recognizable smell.
▪ It was as if the blood had been drained from her, leaving no strength, but it wasn't a peaceful emptiness.
▪ I felt the blood draining from my face like somebody had opened a valve in my ankle.
▪ She smiled, as she drained her coffee and threw the rest of the crumbs to the sparrows.
▪ He drained his coffee mug and leaned forward expectantly.
▪ Unconsciously she drained her coffee, thanked Simon again and stood up.
▪ Such colour as there was drained from her face, and what was left of the biscuit fell from her hand.
▪ The colour had drained away from Miss Grimsilk's face.
▪ At once all the light and colour seemed to be drained from my surroundings.
▪ In those few minutes the colour had drained out of them and they had wilted in the glass like faded tissue paper.
▪ Hoomey thought he could easily start frothing at the mouth, the way his colour had drained.
▪ Katherine sat silently for a long moment, her eyes growing perceptibly wider, the colour draining from her cheeks.
▪ And to leave before both cups had been drained would only offend her.
▪ His cup drained, he looked across at the girl again.
▪ Since the weekend usually drains us of both energy and options, Monday is traditionally not a stellar day for entertainment.
▪ David's face was drained white.
▪ A face drained of joy and a voice drained of cheer.
▪ My pain increased, as what color was left in my white face drained away.
▪ In both hands he held steady a glass tumbler drained to the ice.
▪ So compulsively did he watch me empty my glass that he drained his own in compulsive sympathy.
▪ I saw friends steadily drained of life.
▪ She had half drained her mug when she said, ` Ah, that's better!
▪ On the draining board sat the mug she had been drinking from earlier, and Lucas's and Dale's vodka tumblers.
▪ She swallowed the tablets and drained the mug, feeling a great deal better.
▪ He drained his coffee mug and leaned forward expectantly.
▪ Linthal takes its name from the river Linth which drains the beautiful transverse valley that largely makes up the canton of Glarus.
▪ You don't need to drain the whole system - just enough so that water doesn't come out of the immersion heater boss.
▪ Blanche eased herself up and Dexter watched the tension start to drain from Lancaster's body.
▪ But tension starting to drain out of whole thing.
▪ More tarmac and concrete has left fewer green fields for water to drain into underground reserves, as Sheila Brocklebank reports.
▪ Start with fresh, ripe fruit, then rinse carefully in cold water and drain well or pat dry with paper towel.
▪ She knows to turn the water off, drain the tank and so on and turn electricity off and count units used etc.
▪ In that excavation, however, the water was not drained from the cofferdam.
▪ It excludes water that will not drain from small pore spaces, saline water, and water in deep confined aquifers.
▪ The waste water would be drained away through a 2, 000-foot tunnel, 150 feet below the river level.
▪ Turn off the water, drain down and bale out the cistern to give it a good clean.
▪ Homeowners are also being urged to remove any ice blocking roof drains and to make sure water is draining properly.
▪ Take the baskets that hold them out of the pool and allow them to drain for an hour.
▪ Remove to a plate lined with paper towels, and allow to drain.
▪ Water the containers and allow to drain, then sow the seed thinly over the surface.
▪ Slice eggplants from blossom end to to inch from stem end. Allow to drain.
▪ This gives a moisture retentive medium, but allows excess water to drain from the roots.
▪ This gives a moisture-retentive growing medium, but allows excessive wetness to drain from the roots of the plants.
the brain drain
▪ A week later, the pond was drained and the fish were inspected.
▪ Hurriedly draining her cup, she reached for her purse.
▪ Jim drained his glass then offered to buy everyone another one.
▪ Listening to customers' complaints all day really drains me.
▪ The federal insurance fund has been drained by recent bank failures.
▪ The police even drained the lake in their search for the body.
▪ To remove algae from your aquarium, drain off the water and wash the tank thoroughly.
▪ And to leave before both cups had been drained would only offend her.
▪ Everything had been drained out of me by then, and my eyes were already shut.
▪ He drained his brandy, and signaled for two more.
▪ This was needed as the heat was draining the walkers very quickly.
▪ When cooked, drain well and add to the chicken mixture.
▪ With a slotted utensil, remove to paper towels to drain.
▪ Yet they are quick to drain and dry.
▪ Old drain pipes can be hidden by planting climbers, such as an ivy.
▪ Would it eat the drain pipe?
▪ It is usually protected from damage by being run inside a drain pipe, and rises slightly to avoid air bubbles.
▪ Blocked storm drains flood the streets.
▪ Four or live times later, the ball hit me on the shoulder and rolled down a storm drain.
▪ He also said that the storm drains were full of dead bodies.
▪ Nilsen was finally arrested when pieces of the corpses he was flushing down the toilet blocked the drain.
▪ Homeowners are also being urged to remove any ice blocking roof drains and to make sure water is draining properly.
▪ One small panel can prevent batteries in unattended yachts from going flat due to natural drain.
▪ I felt that everything I'd worked for had gone down the drain.
▪ It foreclosed on the mortgages, and the mill went down the drain.
▪ There are fears of family life going down the drain, as staff may get only two complete weekends off in seven.
▪ And she would die in the bathtub, her blood going down the drain.
▪ Male speaker I fear that safety standards will go down the drain as people seek to make most profit.
▪ Yer know that our ole boxin' Club's gone down the drain since those new geezers took over.
▪ The drain in the bathtub is clogged.
▪ Blood from Forster's broken body was floating away in clouds, finally swirling in a whirlpool above the drain.
▪ For refrigerators with removable drain plugs, remove plug and force warm water mixed with baking soda through the drain.
▪ The parish is a drain on resources, no doubt about it.
▪ Time and again he had to turn his nose up into the arch of the drain to keep from drowning.
▪ To have left the tube and drain in place for 14-21 days would have been ideal but less acceptable to the patient.
▪ We crawled out of the drain, saw the coast clear, and ran down the road together.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Drain \Drain\, v. i.

  1. To flow gradually; as, the water of low ground drains off.

  2. To become emptied of liquor by flowing or dropping; as, let the vessel stand and drain.


Drain \Drain\, n.

  1. The act of draining, or of drawing off; gradual and continuous outflow or withdrawal; as, the drain of specie from a country; the project is a drain on resources.

  2. That means of which anything is drained; a channel; a trench; a water course; a sewer; a sink.

  3. pl. The grain from the mashing tub; as, brewers' drains. [Eng.]

    Box drain, Counter drain. See under Box, Counter.

    Right of drain (Law), an easement or servitude by which one man has a right to convey water in pipes through or over the estate of another.


Drain \Drain\ (dr[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Drained (dr[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Draining.] [AS. drehnigean to drain, strain; perh. akin to E. draw.]

  1. To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to cause the exhaustion of.

    Fountains drain the water from the ground adjacent.

    But it was not alone that the he drained their treasure and hampered their industry.

  2. To exhaust of liquid contents by drawing them off; to make gradually dry or empty; to remove surface water, as from streets, by gutters, etc.; to deprive of moisture; hence, to exhaust; to empty of wealth, resources, or the like; as, to drain a country of its specie.

    Sinking waters, the firm land to drain, Filled the capacious deep and formed the main.

  3. To filter.

    Salt water, drained through twenty vessels of earth, hath become fresh.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, from drain (v.).


Old English dreahnian "to drain, strain out," from Proto-Germanic *dreug-, source of drought, dry, giving the English word originally a sense of "make dry." Figurative meaning of "exhaust" is attested from 1650s. The word is not found in surviving texts between late Old English and the 1500s. Related: Drained; draining.


n. A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To lose liquid. 2 (context intransitive English) To flow gradually. 3 (context transitive ergative English) To cause liquid to flow out of. 4 (context transitive ergative English) To convert a perennially wet place into a dry one. 5 (context transitive English) To deplete of energy or resources. 6 (context transitive English) To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to exhaust. 7 (context transitive obsolete English) To filter. 8 (context intransitive pinball English) To fall off the bottom of the playfield.

  1. n. emptying accomplished by draining [syn: drainage]

  2. tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material

  3. a pipe through which liquid is carried away [syn: drainpipe, waste pipe]

  4. a gradual depletion of energy or resources; "a drain on resources"; "a drain of young talent by emmigration"

  1. v. flow off gradually; "The rain water drains into this big vat" [syn: run out]

  2. deplete of resources; "The exercise class drains me of energy"

  3. empty of liquid; drain the liquid from; "We drained the oil tank"

  4. make weak; "Life in the camp drained him" [syn: enfeeble, debilitate]

Drain, OR -- U.S. city in Oregon
Population (2000): 1021
Housing Units (2000): 441
Land area (2000): 0.543369 sq. miles (1.407318 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.543369 sq. miles (1.407318 sq. km)
FIPS code: 20500
Located within: Oregon (OR), FIPS 41
Location: 43.661647 N, 123.314808 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 97435
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Drain, OR
Drain (surgery)

A surgical drain is a tube used to remove pus, blood or other fluids from a wound. They are commonly placed by surgeons or interventional radiologists. Drains inserted after surgery do not result in faster wound healing or prevent infection, but are sometimes necessary to drain body fluid which may accumulate and in itself become a focus of infection or retained blood complications.

Drain (plumbing)

A drain is the primary vessel for unwanted water to be flumed away, either to a more useful area, funnelled into a receptacle, or run into the sewers as waste.

Drain (comics)

Drain is a creator-owned comic, written C. B. Cebulski and painted by Sana Takeda. It was published by American company Image Comics in 2006-2008, for a total of six issues, collected in a trade paperback in 2008.

Drain (band)

Drain were an American noise rock band formed in Austin, Texas by King Coffey in 1992. The group also included David McCreath on guitar and bassist Owen McMahon of Cherubs. Along with the psychedelic leanings of Coffey's other band the Butthole Surfers, Drain also ventures into electronic and techno music territory. Also, samplers and drum machines play a stronger role in the music.


Drain may refer to:

  • Drain (plumbing), a fixture that provides an exit-point for waste water or water that is to be re-circulated
  • Drainage, the natural or artificial removal of surface and sub-surface water from a given area
    • Storm drain, a system of collecting and disposing of rain water in an urban area
    • French drain, a system that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area
  • Drain STH, a disbanded female hard-rock band from Sweden
  • Drain (surgery), a tube used to remove pus or other fluids from a wound
  • Drain, Maine-et-Loire, a commune in Maine-et-Loire département, France
  • Drain (transistor), a terminal in a field effect transistor
  • Data Drain, a fictional element and technique in the .hack universe
  • Drain, Oregon, a city in Douglas County, Oregon, United States
  • Drain (comics), a comic book series starring a vampire
  • Waterloo & City line, in the London Underground, nicknamed "The Drain"

Usage examples of "drain".

Freshet or purling brook, of shell or fin, And exquisitest name, for which was drained Pontus, and Lucrine bay, and Afric coast.

Happily they broached a couple of kegs of ale and drained them and sang together while they ate every last scrap of the shark, along with cauldrons of noodles covered in akh, fresh bread, and wheels of cheese.

He saw the national investment in Vietnam draining our disposable strength from Europe and the Middle East and the likelihood that the more we Americanized the war, the less South Vietnam would do for itself.

Aerosol sprays, asbestos, fiberglass, building materials of various types, dry cleaning fluids, spot removers, rug and upholstery cleaners, fabric finishes and cements, antistatic agents and fabric softeners, shoe-care products, spray starch, flame retardant, furniture and floor products, detergent soaps, lead soldered pipes, gasoline, oven cleaners, drain cleaners, bleaches, toilet bowl cleaners, window cleaners, scouring powders, plastics of various types and many more common household products may injure or kill.

As Aspar had expected, the lowlands were flooded and would take several days to drain.

These drains are of wood, asphaltum coated, with an inside diameter ranging from 3 to 6 in.

It was not unusual for Balthazar to drain his followers and laugh as he watched the poor bastards struggle not to break his rules by eating the next person that crossed their path.

Will Fowler had been such a powerful and energetic man yet his life was now draining rapidly away in the miserable setting of a Bankside stew.

Her youth was gone and the long years in Biloxi had drained her vitality.

Long blacksnakes, slithering fast, with their heads raised a foot or two above the floor of the storm drain.

But his face is sallow and his eyes apparently drained of tears, and his expression seems blanker than anything else.

Sample Menu: The Clear Camel Piss Soup with boiled Earth Worms The Filet of Sun-Ripened Sting Ray basted with Eau de Cologne and garnished with nettles The After-Birth Supreme de Boeuf, cooked in drained crank case oil, served with a piquant sauce of rotten egg yolks and crushed bed bugs The Limburger Cheese sugar cured in diabetic orine doused in Canned Heat Flamboyant.

As the color slowly drained from our circle, the light built behind him, and I found myself back in Phoenix, on Camelback Mountain, looking southwest over Frozen Shade and the rest of the city.

A piece of the street seemed to rise, and I understood that someone had opened a cellarway or a cover for one of the new drains meant to accommodate the rising tides of sewage and the floods of fresh water from storms.

They passed one of the adits that drained water from the mine, then concealed themselves in an abandoned passage while half a dozen boys pushed empty corves along the main tunnel.