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draw aside

1. To move to the side, especially so as to make way for someone or something. A reflexive pronoun can be used between "draw" and "aside." We all drew aside as the carriage made its way down the road. She drew herself aside to let the principal speak privately with the teacher.
2. To part something, especially curtains, and pull it to the sides. A noun or pronoun can be used between "draw" and "aside." She drew aside the curtains and flung the windows open. Please pull the drapes aside and let some light in!
3. To have one move away from someone or something, often in order to discuss something privately; to take aside. A noun or pronoun is used between "draw" and "aside." I drew the nurse aside so that I could ask a few more questions about my dad's surgery. I saw the boss draw Tom aside after the meeting. I hope he's not in trouble for these poor sales figures!
See also: aside, draw


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draw someone aside

to pull or steer someone aside. The teacher drew Bob aside to have a word with him. Harry drew aside someone he could trust and expressed his fears.
See also: aside, draw
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
In another moment he had opened a door, and, drawing aside a heavy curtain, obsequiously bowed Tarzan into a dimly lighted apartment.
And in a surprise salute to the close links with Ysgol Dinas Bran, Mr Waite called on one of its youngest pupils to also lend a hand in drawing aside the Welsh national flag from the new plaque.
With each step, a transformation took place in the landscape, a gradual reveal like the slow drawing aside of a curtain.
Curiously drawing aside the sage green curtains, I peeked out to a tidy, landscaped garden overlooking the River Roe – and there the flock stood.
Drawing aside the curtain (which had up until now been hiding the real audience area) so that the dancers could climb DTW's aisles and engage in a pretty bit of magical realism in its seats somehow worked less well for me here than at the Abrons theater.