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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

drawing

Something decided through a lottery or raffle. We'll be having a drawing later tonight, so be sure to buy a raffle ticket if you want the chance to win a brand new car!
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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 ?
Surgeon Surville, entering from the kitchen, drew aside the canvas screen, and approached the little round table at which his superior officer was sitting.
In the midst of the gloom of the spiral staircase, he elbowed something which drew aside with a growl; he took it for granted that it was Quasimodo, and it struck him as so droll that he descended the remainder of the staircase holding his sides with laughter.
He drew aside the curtains and looked out of the window.
He bowed as I drew aside to let him pass--his face was fearfully pale--and he held fast by the banisters as he descended the stairs.
At length she rallied, drew aside the curtain, and leaning over the pillow gazed intently on Valentine.
Macallan drew aside the strip of tapestry, and, signing me to follow her, passed behind it.
The young man overheard this remark, turned suddenly pale, and, letting his hands fall in great discouragement by his side, drew aside, mingling in one sigh his old affection and his new hatreds.
And then rose up that solemn veiled figure, and drew aside the veil.
"I drew aside the curtain of my window and looked out.
Jesus drew aside from a large gathering to meet blind Bartimaeus.
The guards drew aside men in shorts and women with uncovered shoulders and short skirts to tell them that they were not dressed properly.
Paulina drew aside the curtain, revealing Hermione in a simple white gown on a white pedestal.
As they sped down country lanes, the other car drew aside and more insulting gestures were exchanges.