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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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The stress values of the asphalt concrete layer were calculated and analyzed when surface roughness of bridge deck pavement, vehicle speed, and disengaging area changed under the dynamic load of vehicle when the bonding condition of the adjacent layers was assumed to be the contact bonding condition.
Underpinning these two key offers, and central to the delivery of the framework as a whole, will be better identification and tracking of young people who are at risk of disengaging from education.
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The fastening panel members are arranged so that even if one of the spaced apart fastening panel members is inadvertently disengaged from the fastening region with a disengaging force, the other one is unaffected and remains in contact with the fastening region.
The process of disengaging largely resulted in sales of stocks and bonds, with the proceeds placed in short-term debt instruments whose prices tend to be more stable.
To simulate the conditions under which the emergency cooling system might need the generator's backup power, the test required disengaging the system from the reactor and disconnecting the generator from external sources of electric power, according to the report.
"Fewer hours, more vacation time, and flextime cannot fully offset the negative effects of a disengaging workplace on wellbeing," Harter says.
Workers in disengaging workplaces are more than twice as likely to report their organization is letting people go as are those in engaging workplaces.