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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
So I drew apart with Baleka, my sister, and a spear was in my hand.
It looked romantic, intriguing -- the way they came close, played, almost embraced each other and then drew apart. Unaware that someone else was pulling the strings.
At most he notes that they drew apart from each other.
Nothing of love had been destroyed today: they took that with them as they drew apart and walked away from one another, unaware that the future was less bleak than now it seemed, that in it there still would be the delicacy of their reticence, and they themselves as love had made them for a while."
The well-to-do and their emulators drew apart from the ongoing religious and daytime practices of the poor and rural.
We also read that Jesus drew apart and that he spent time in prayer with his Father.
And, remarkably, little by little the Memorial is accomplishing its ideal - to help integrate Latin American nations that history drew apart.
In 1909 he joined the Fecr-i ati ("Dawn of the Future") literary circle but gradually drew apart from this group and developed his own style.