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 ?
They are the enemies of our innocence and our peace--they drag us away from our parents' love and our sisters' friendship--they take us body and soul to themselves, and fasten our helpless lives to theirs as they chain up a dog to his kennel.
To take control of the Labour Party, bit by bit, seat by seat, by fair means or foul, and to drag us away from the centre left of politics, where our values and our voters reside, to the hard left they represent, and which the country rejects," he said in a speech to supporters in Westminster.
I thought of how a wild horse had brought us here to this upstart nation and how wild horses couldn't drag us away.
Any other skirmishes are designated to drag us away from the real battle around which all forces of the world should go united, Okaz concluded.
We spent four months over there, you had to drag us away to come back home," said Jim.
As my group walked along the coast near the village of Qala, our guide had to practically drag us away from the spectacular beaches.
It was hard to drag us away, but soon we were off for another treat, an overnight stay at the Bait Ali Lodge.
But it would take a great deal to drag us away from the area to move elsewhere.
WILD horses wouldn't drag us away from this gorgeous tee, pounds 16.
It was hard to drag us away from the box for such a spread, but hunger eventually won out.
I thought it was Big Jock back to drag us away to the team hotel but it was Rod and he wanted me to duet with him on Flower of Scotland.
Bell, who saw the Tynesiders win 3-2 at Burscough on Saturday to stretch their unbeaten run to six league games, said: "I was always optimistic Colin would drag us away from danger.
We need the points to drag us away from the relegation zone.
Both being "hippies" at heart, the pull of a semi, self-sufficient lifestyle and the freedom to enjoy the elements at their best and worst, became totally irresistible and managed to drag us away from the tedium of town life and a diminishing love of restricting work and lifestyles.