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 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.
If Sammie were any smarter, I would share this passage from the Bible with her, "Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions.
As we are fully aware, Mr Johnson and his cronies will, if not stopped, drag us away from the EU, leaving the future of our union with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in peril.
She had to drag us away from these cute, fur-coated flurries to begin the actual tour of her home-turned-cat sanctuary.
"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. Then Sped and I both noticed the bullet wound blooming like a smile over Agrafena's heart.
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.
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 16.99 from Miso at Republic.
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.