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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!
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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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While some were occupied with this latter duty, others were employed in dragging away the larger tubs, so soon as filled with the sperm; and when the proper time arrived, this same sperm was carefully manipulated ere going to the try-works, of which anon.
Then some other people ran in and began dragging away the maiden who had been in white and was now in light blue.
Seeing them on these occasions, one is reminded of an infinity of black ants clustering about and dragging away to some hole the leg of a deceased fly.
Against this language of the soul the king felt he had no power; he cast down his eyes, dragging away precipitately his brother and sister, forgetting his mother, sitting motionless within three paces of the son whom she left a second time to be condemned to death.
Condemning the arrest, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) veteran leader Khursheed Shah lashed out at the accountability watchdog for 'dragging away an elected member of assembly' while the probe was still under way.
Condemning the arrest, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) veteran leader Khursheed Shah lashed out at the NAB for 'dragging away an elected member of assembly' while the probe was still under way.
Another student posted a tweet that showed police personnel dragging away students at the event.
Only two days before the awarding, three Caloocan policemen were caught on a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera dragging away an unresisting Delos Santos during an anticriminality operation.
DAMASCUS: Plain-clothes Syrian police broke up a protest after Friday prayers at the main mosque in central Damascus, dragging away at least two activists, as videos purportedly of rallies in other cities began to surface online.
The video, shot on July 21st shows police dragging away women of African origin who were demonstrating against their eviction from a block of flats where they were living.
ISRAELI troops today began dragging away protesters in one of Gaza's most hard-line settlements.
Try dragging away the corpse police are photographing and they will keep snapping away at an empty floor.
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Chinese security personnel hit South Korean diplomat Byon Chul Hwan and a Chinese female embassy employee while dragging away the North Korean asylum seeker away Thursday afternoon.