drag (someone or something) away

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drag (someone or something) away

1. To move something away from something else by pulling it while it is on the ground. When I dragged my bed away from the wall, I found a piece of paper I'd dropped back there months ago.
2. To forcibly pull someone away from something or some place that they are clinging to because they do not want to leave it. This usage can be literal or hyperbolic. The police had to drag the criminal away from the scene of the crime. Good luck dragging your brother away from his favorite cartoon to do his homework. You couldn't drag me away from gardening—I find it so therapeutic!
See also: away, drag
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

drag something away (from something )

 and drag something away
to push or pull something away from something or some place. He dragged the sofa away from the wall so he could clean behind it. He had to drag away the sofa in order to plug in the lamp. We worked together to drag it away.
See also: away, drag
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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They did not drag her away at once, but sang with her for a long time and then at last dragged her off, and behind the scenes something metallic was struck three times and everyone knelt down and sang a prayer.
I guess she don't need a mule team to drag her away, but women are better at coaching than they are at running bases.
Pavel tried to drag her away. In the struggle, the groom rose.
I could hear that her bodyguards and her boyfriend were trying to drag her away."
So, do I drag her away? Do I chat politely to the person with the Burberry baseball cap and tattoos?
He stormed over to drag her away and swung one devastating blow which smashed Mr Smith's cheek in three places.
He shouted: "Here you are - your mother has been looking for you", and tried to drag her away. Luckily, she broke free and ran into the shop she was heading for, but was too petrified to say anything.
She was grabbed by a man, described as being in his late 40s, who tried to kiss her and drag her away from the parade of shops.
In period costume and wearing a white wig, he planted a smacker on her cheek - while Becks impatiently tried to drag her away.
He grabbed her wrist and tried to drag her away, but the girl kicked him and he fled into his car which was parked nearby.
The youngster was outside a garage with her nine-month-old brother in Cooks Lane, Chelmsley Wood, when she was approached by a man who tried to drag her away.
He chased and attacked her, trying to drag her away, until a passer-by intervened.
Waschler, now 34, recalls noticing groups of deaf people smiling and carrying on at the local shopping mall when she was growing up, but her mother would catch her glancing at them, then shackle her arm with her grip and drag her away. "Mama wanted me to be mainstream, more like her and Daddy," says Waschler, a computer technician who eventually did learn to sign as a teenager.
She battered Mr Kanani, rained blows on Miss Honour's face and head-butted her before a taxi driver stepped in to drag her away. But as she was being hauled up, Young lashed out a final time with her foot.
Orange County officials said it tried to drag her away but other mountain bikers threw rocks until it fled.