draw away from (someone or something)(redirected from drew away from them)
draw away from (someone or something)
1. To move back and away from someone or something. I hugged my parents for as long as I could before the train whistle blew and we drew away from each other. As soon as I heard the buzzing bees, I drew away from the flowers.
2. To move someone or something back away from someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "draw" and "away." I drew my toddler away from the cat when I saw how vigorously she was petting it. I drew the gauze away from the patient's wound to check how it was healing.
3. To pass and move increasingly ahead of a competitor, as in a race. I knew I had a chance to win the race when I drew away from the fastest girl in the heat.
4. To take the focus of a situation away from someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "draw" and "away." I can't believe my own sister got engaged a week before my wedding, totally drawing the attention away from me!
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