How did “drag” (tractāre) semantically shift to signify “handle, deal with, discuss”?


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1. How exactly did tractāre branch out "metaphorically to ‘handle, deal with, discuss’"?

2. How does "dragging" semantically appertain to ‘handle, deal with, discuss’?

Dragging connotes physical effort, e.g. if a human or animal is dragging objects behind them. "Deal with" and "discuss" feel more like business or transactions to me, and business and transactions don't usually require you to drag objects!

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