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An example use of drain in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… and they are a drain on the economy of …”
Drain means to remove liquid from a container by forcing it through a tube or opening.
the word drain occurs in english on average 11.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that drain can be often used in the following areas:
1) people, society, and culture;