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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In addition, Matras states criteria for pragmatic detachability that are based on three scales that predict which DMs are more "vulnerable" to borrowing from the pragmatically dominant language: the semantic scale; the category-sensitive scale; and the pragmatic, "operational" scale.
Alternative explanations to Matras's framework are presented here and are assessed, along with the principle of pragmatic detachability, in the subsequent sections.
Intermediate layers derived from soil map (soil texture) included soil detachability index (K) and cohesion of topsoil (COH) that were generated using ArcGIS 9.3 software.
where K is soil detachability index (g [J.sup.-1]), E is annual kinetic energy of rainfall (J [m.sup.-1]), A is percentage of rainfall contributing to permanent interception and stream flow (%), COH is cohesion of the soil surface (KPa), GC is fraction of ground (vegetation) cover (0-1), [C.sub.f] is the crop cover management factor, and S is the steepness of the ground slope expressed in degree.
This test is used to assess the shear strength of the seven soil surface microtopographic features of erosion as a measure of their detachability. Soil detachability has been defined as the susceptibility of a soil to the removal of transportable fragments by an erosive agent, such as rainfall and running water, and it is considered to be an important component of soil erodibility (Houghton and Charman, 1986).
The substantial concentration achieved by the silty loam in this context may be due in part to the greater fine fractions of that soil conferring a higher detachability under rainfall compared to the loamy sand, and in part to the higher depositability of the loamy sand (Fig.
The genital ambiguity of Chaucer's Pardoner is not exactly reproduced here, but clearly the notion of detachable genitalia is common to both texts; here, though, such detachability expresses a specifically late medieval, urban concern over both gender privilege and social mobility.
In general, soil detachability increases as the size of the soil particles or aggregates increase, and soil transportability increases with a decrease in the particle or aggregate size.
The founding discovery of modernism has often been defined as the detachability of art from representation, from mimesis in the Aristotelian sense of unproblematic imitation.
In contrast to what has been said about the deflowering of the preparatory offices or orders for public confession in CW-2 and even in LBW, their permissive detachability may have undercut an important instrument of pastoral care.
Finally, factors or processes affecting sediment transportability are more important than those affecting the binding of soil particles into aggregates (detachability).
She argued that, 'the detachability of items has nothing to do with alienation; the parts circulate as parts of persons.' (M.
[I]t was one thing to theorize on the detachability of human beings, another to watch them torn apart by the bleeding roots.
Its detachability from its sacred context is truly remarkable.
(35.) This striking discrepancy in Gair's work may well be symptomatic of a particularly modern anxiety about the artifactuality or detachability of maleness.