detach


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detach (someone or something) from (someone or something)

To separate someone or something from its connection to someone or something else. This phrase can be used literally or figuratively. I detached the broken shutters from the house. When the teacher realized that I was the one talking, she detached me from the rest of my classmates for a scolding.
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detach someone or something from someone or something

to separate or disconnect someone or something from someone or something. The high command detached Wallace from his platoon. The technician detached the sensors from Harry's chest.
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References in classic literature ?
What I have said of Dickens reminds me that I had been reading him at the same time that I had been reading Ik Marvel; but a curious thing about the reading of my later boyhood is that the dates do not sharply detach themselves one from another.
They are composite of many different men we seem to have [58] known, and fancy we could detach again from the ensemble and from each other.
Where did you find this rykor with the strange kaldane that cannot detach itself?
Massacres are to be sternly forbidden as heretofore; but any citizen or subject of either country disobeying the injunction is to detach the scalps of all persons massacred and deposit them with a local officer designated to receive and preserve them and sworn to keep and render a true account thereof.
Two or three aides detach themselves from the group and canter away into the woods, along the lines in each direction.
It would appear that this gentleman, angry with her (his only relation) because she would not put herself under his protection, and detach herself from the society of her father, in compliance with his repeated overtures, made a will leaving this property (which was all he possessed) to a charitable institution.
To complete the grave, the Indians had contrived to detach from the ledge a huge fragment, and to throw it over the pile so as to rest on the two blocks.
The power to detach and to magnify by detaching is the essence of rhetoric in the hands of the orator and the poet.