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

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
References in classic literature ?
The little boy will take the hero by the hand, call him father, and drag him away to some Round Pond.
After he handed the roses to Mr Yatsenyuk, Oleh Barna took the PM by the waist and put his hands around his leg, trying to drag him away as Mr Yatsenyuk clutched on to the rostrum.
The deputy Oleh Barna then took the PM tried to drag him away as Mr Yatsenyuk clutched on to the rostrum.
Charlie ends up taking his rage out on Ben (above) when he catches him smashing up the car lot, forcing Yvonne to drag him away, but in the process she lets slip that Nick is really to blame for the crash.
At that point the man's friends began to drag him away. But somehow, the man broke free and ran back at Phillip.
On Sunday, a Japanese diplomat was accosted by men who tried to drag him away, but he fought them and suffered several stab wounds before they fled--in the diplomat's car.
He confesses James McPake and Paul Hanlon had to drag him away as he went wild with delight in front of the away fans.
Cross's wife arrived to drag him away and another worker called, police.
A witness said: "Three police officers jumped over a balcony next to the victim's apartment to reach him and drag him away from the fire.
On one legendary occasion, when Keown had to be hauled off Kevin Sheedy after a Chinese meal went sour, who was there to drag him away from his prone team-mate to save any further embarrassment?
Dad-of-two Billy, 37, ran to his screaming brother's aid as the crocodile tried to drag him away.
But he could barely stand and the officers had to drag him away.
"But now we've gone up, I don't think wild horses would be able to drag him away."
The youngster was walking along Househillmuir Road, near to Freeland Drive in Pollok at about 4.45pm on Thursday when a man approached him from behind, pounced and tried to drag him away.