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pull away

1. Move away or withdraw, as in The car pulled away from the curb. [Mid-1900s]
2. Move ahead or forward, as in His horse pulled away and took the lead.
See also: away, pull

pull away

v.
1. To draw or haul something or someone away from something or someone: She opened the box and gently pulled away the layers of tissue paper. He pulled the child's hand away from the hot stove.
2. To move away or backward; withdraw: When I leaned over to wipe the child's face, he pulled away. She tried to stop him from going, but he pulled away from her.
3. To start moving away, as a vehicle: She noted the car's license plate as it was pulling away. We waved goodbye as the boat pulled away from the dock.
4. To move ahead: The horse pulled away in the final stretch and won the race.
See also: away, pull
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CSUN (17-29, 1-16) had leads of 4-2 and 5-3, but Pacific scored eight runs in the final three innings to pull away.
In the first half, the teams traded leads and tied seven times until Harvard-Westlake was able to pull away by seven points at halftime.
6 Wake Forest 91, North Carolina A&T 67: Eric Williams scored 17 points and the Demon Deacons (8-0) used a 29-1 run to pull away at home.
In the first half, the Trojans played well behind 13 points from O'Neil but couldn't pull away as UNLV hit nine 3-pointers.
After that, USC fell flat and the Rebels got hot to pull away for a 92-83 victory Wednesday night at the Sports Arena.
UCLA 6, Oregon State 2: The Bruins took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning and scored four times to pull away to a Pacific-10 Conference victory over the host Beavers at Corvallis, Ore.
Harvard-Westlake finally stabilized, but the Wolverines could not pull away as they did in the second quarter.
Taft reeled off 35 points in the second half to pull away for its second consecutive lopsided victory, having defeated Jefferson 41-3 last week.
Newbury Park also scored the final six points of the game to pull away.
A 20-8 run gave the Mustangs a 38-26 halftime lead and they continued to pull away with a 17-7 run to start the second half.