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tear away

1. To quickly and forcefully pull or rip something away (from someone or something else). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "away." Jill tore the note away from me when I started reading it out loud. We began tearing the plaster away from the wall to reveal a secret compartment containing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
2. To remove someone or oneself unwillingly from someone, something, or some place. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "away." I had to tear the kids away from the TV screen and make them go outside to play. We've only been dating for a couple of weeks, but we're having a hard time tearing ourselves away from one another. It was tough tearing myself away from the barbecue, but I had to catch the last bus to the airport.
3. To leave or depart very quickly. The car tore away as soon as the police officer began approaching it. The boy began tearing away from the school, trying to outrun the group of bullies in pursuit. It was tough tearing myself away from the barbecue, but I had to catch the last bus to the airport.
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tear (oneself) away (from someone or something)

Fig. to force oneself to leave someone or something. Do you think you can tear yourself away from your friends for dinner? I could hardly tear myself away from the concert.
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tear something away

 (from someone or something)
1. to peel something from someone or something. The paramedic tore the clothing away from the burn victim and began to treat the wounds immediately. She tore away the clothing from the victim. She tore the clothing away.
2. to quickly take something away from someone or something. I tore the firecracker away from the child and threw it in the lake. Liz tore away the cover from the book. She tore the wrapping paper away.
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tear away (from someone or something)

to leave someone or something, running. Dave tore away from Jill, leaving her to find her own way home. Roger tore away from the meeting, trying to make his train.
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tear away

Remove oneself unwillingly or reluctantly, as in I couldn't tear myself away from that painting. [Late 1700s]
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tear away

v.
1. To remove someone or something by force: The mugger tore my bag away from me. The security guard tore away the passenger's knife.
2. To remove someone unwillingly or reluctantly: The book was so suspenseful that I couldn't tear myself away from it. We can't tear the children away from the video games, so we bought a system for the car.
3. To leave or drive off rapidly: When the stoplight turned green, the taxi tore away.
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References in classic literature ?
It seemed as though he could not tear himself away from the ship.
He was quite excited at the thought of talking his fill with someone, and he was wretched when Hayward wrote to say that the spring was lovelier than ever he had known it in Italy, and he could not bear to tear himself away.
Even when the Argentinian, 45, goes on holiday or back to his other home in Barcelona, he can't tear himself away from football.
Entranced by his own beauty, Narcissus could not tear himself away.
But Sam had to tear himself away from Liverpool - and swap period costume for a dashing tux - to fulfil his presenting duties for the night.
However, the concerned dad does manage to tear himself away from Tyler's bedside after Michael demands to know the truth about his mum's suicide.
NEWLY-married Robbie Williams is ready to be a dad - when he can tear himself away from his PlayStation.
Desperate to prove things are fine, Lexi tells Gennie they're trying for a baby, but Carl clearly doesn't agree as he can't tear himself away from his real love, Chas.
Perhaps if Mr Q could tear himself away from the works of Omar Khayyam and the Gulistan of Sadi (prime time television material if ever there was) and watched an episode or two of Doctor Who instead of pompously criticising, he'd realise it is about as far from "mindless pap" in our popular culture as it's reasonably possible to get.
Like Mr Evans, he had to tear himself away from competition in the horticultural marquee yesterday to focus on his official duties.
He bemoans the life of the upper class but can't tear himself away from the dinner parties Lewis Lapham's Lament
NEWLY married Robbie Williams says he's ready to be a dad - when he can tear himself away from his PlayStation.
Henry Hatsworth finds the story of a magical world filled with colourful jewels and plenty of money a little farfetched but can't tear himself away from the whiff of adventure.
But he managed to tear himself away for the premiere of his film Ocean's Thirteen.