draw apart


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draw apart

1. To move away from someone or something. I hugged my parents for as long as I could before the train whistle blew and we all drew apart.
2. To move something away from something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "draw" and "apart." I drew apart several socks that had gotten stuck together in the dryer.
See also: apart, draw

draw something apart

to pull something, such as curtains or drapes, open or apart. She drew the curtains apart and looked out the window. She drew apart the curtains a little bit.
See also: apart, draw

draw apart (from someone or something)

 and draw away (from someone or something)
to pull back or away from someone or something. Don't draw apart from the rest of us. Please don't draw away from me. I won't bite. She drew away slowly and left the room.
See also: apart, draw
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Above all, India needs a sign that the difference in perception between North Block and Mint Street does not mean that the two are beginning to draw apart again.
Second seed Siddharth Suchde -- who is the only other professional player in the draw apart from Ghosal -- hardly broke a sweat, defeating local boy Amjad Khan 11- 6, 11- 2, 11- 4.
4 : to draw apart : tear, rend <I pulled a flower to pieces.>
Draw apart, Hanagan firmly believes his mount has an outstanding chance at Newcastle.
Over 200 years ago Alexis de Tocqueville warned of an American individualism that led some to sever themselves from the larger community and "draw apart with his family and his friends." The Sopranos offers a striking example of how monstrous such worship of the family can be.
Jackson will watch the return with Chippenham, who are third in the Southern Premier, and is happy with the draw apart from it being away.
A year or so later, it started to draw apart. It's also true with the Iraq War.
Individualism is a mature and calm feeling, which disposes each member of the community to sever himself from the mass of his fellow-creatures, and to draw apart with his family and friends.' That individualism, first reported by de Tocqueville in Democracy in America in 1835, has persisted and flourished in ways that have not only profoundly shaped national and global politics but also significantly influenced patterns of patronage and the making of architecture in America.
A few years later, Tocqueville described individualism as a new social philosophy that "disposes each member of the community to sever himself from the mass of his fellows and to draw apart with his family and friends." It was, in other words, a deliberate withdrawal from the responsibilities of citizenship.