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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. © 2015 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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From such interview data Hwang identifies "patterns of disengagement" from which she derives four factors that cause terrorists to disengage from violence.
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Emotion-focused coping strategies were measured using four subscales with four items each: "focusing on and venting of emotions" (e.g., "I get upset and show my emotions"), "behavioural disengagement" (e.g., "I just give up trying to reach my goal"), "mental disengagement" (e.g., "I turn to work or other substitute activities to take my mind off things"), and "seeking social support for emotional reasons" (e.g., "I get sympathy and understanding from someone").
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