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disengage from (someone or something)

1. To withdraw from someone or something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun can be used between "disengage" and "from." When she gets that negative, I just have to disengage from her since she's not going to listen to me anyway.
2. To remove or detach something from something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "disengage" and "from." We need to disengage these shelves from the wall so that we can paint over here.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

disengage (oneself) from someone or something

to detach oneself from someone or something; to untangle oneself from someone or something. I wanted to disengage myself from the person I was talking to and go home. We disengaged from the argument.
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disengage something from something

to detach something from something. Sally disengaged the locking mechanism from the cupboard door and peeked in. The coupling was disengaged from the boxcar, and the car separated and rolled away.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Ehrlichma noted that if the answer to a question is simple people could provide it without having to disengage their visual focus.
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'The appointment of the new Acting Chief Judge is consequent upon the need to prevent a vacuum in the State Judiciary, given the imminent retirement of the present Chief Judge of Lagos State, Honourable Justice Opeyemi Oke, who is set to disengage statutorily from the State Judiciary from today Monday, 10th June 2019,' the statement said.
We should disengage from this chaotic situation our Government has helped to create and bring our boys home at the earliest opportunity.
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Within the same organizations, some managers engage nearly every worker they manage -- while other managers alienate, or disengage, the employees they manage.
Gallup uses its employee engagement survey, the Q12, to measure workplace engagement and glean insights about the kinds of manager behaviors that are most likely to cause employees to disengage from their workplaces.
Make sure you remember to disengage the transfer first!
First, disengage the CTIS system by flipping the switch on the driver's panel.
'As soon as they arrived in Nigeria on the 23rd April 2018 they drafted a letter to disengage me.
The front wheels disengage when the Front Wheel Drive Selector lever is moved to the OUT position.
Workplaces that create environments that disengage employees could potentially harm worker wellbeing and reduce productivity.
Workplaces that disengage employees have lower productivity and are less likely hiring and more likely laying off workers.
Workplaces that create environments that disengage employees create a potential wellbeing risk.