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extricate (someone, something, or oneself) from (someone or something)

To free someone, something, or oneself from something. Don't worry, I'll call and extricate you from your date if it's really terrible. I can't seem to extricate that knife from the dishwasher—it's really jammed in there. Whoa, how did you extricate yourself from a lecture with Dad?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

extricate someone or something from someone or something

to disentangle someone or something from someone or something; to free someone or something from someone or something. I tried to extricate myself from her, but she made it hard for me to get away politely. I managed to extricate the ring from the vacuum cleaner bag.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The car careered down an embankment and collided with a tree, trapping the driver so that firefighters had to use hydraulic rams to extricate him.
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The structure of Empire is circular rather than linear; it recalls Heidegger's hermeneutic circle and his effort to extricate Western art from subject-object aesthetics.
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respectfully but firmly requests all members of Congress to use appropriate constitutional authority in order to extricate our nation from the threat to freedom posed by the United Nations.
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The gunman involved apparently let his hostages go after police told him that that was the only way he could extricate himself from the situation.