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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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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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References in classic literature ?
A wave of languid warmth overtook her, she seemed to lose touch with the ground under her feet; and when she felt him slip his hand under her arm she made no attempt to disengage herself from that grasp which closed upon her limb, insinuating and firm.
In attempting to disengage himself his foot slipped, and down he tumbled - but not to the earth; - the tree still kept him suspended.
Dear Rhoda McMull will disengage the whole of the Castletoddy property as soon as poor dear Lord Castletoddy dies, who is quite epileptic; and little Macduff McMull will be Viscount Castletoddy.
In the flash of thought the dishonouring episode seemed to disengage itself from everything actual, from earthly conditions, and even from earthly suffering; it became purely a terrifying knowledge, an annihilating knowledge of a blind and infernal force.
To his astonishment she came quite easily, and even rested on his arm for a moment before she attempted to disengage herself.
She neither cried nor spoke, for terror and disgust deprived her of the power; but she plucked at his hand as though she would die in the effort to disengage herself; and crouching on the ground, with her head averted and held down, repelled him with a strength she wondered at as much as he.
said Mr Flintwinch, as soon as he could disengage himself, which he struggled to do with very little ceremony.
cried Sikes, struggling to disengage himself from the girl's grasp.
When he could, for a moment, disengage his mind from the phantom that haunted and brooded on it always, there was his young companion with the same smile for him, the same earnest words, the same merry laugh, the same love and care that, sinking deep into his soul, seemed to have been present to him through his whole life.
From a distance of years, looking at the remembered aspects of the storms lived through, it is that impression which disengages itself clearly from the great body of impressions left by many years of intimate contact.
When I went to our ready room to share my lessons learned with my squadronmates, I was surprised that most of them were also unclear about the hand signal to disengage nosewheel steering.
To disengage, rotate the combat lock handle to the horizontal position.
I told the city two weeks ago our preference was to disengage," Wall said.
The prosecutors alleged that he applied excessive force to the control wheel which caused the autopilot to disengage and subsequently the sharp up and down motions of the nose.
Archbishop Gervais, speaking of involvement in politics, asked rhetorically, "Does the fear of being tainted permit us to disengage from politics?