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

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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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When the fight became visible, half the knights on each side were dismounted, some by the dexterity of their adversary's lance, some by the superior weight and strength of opponents, which had borne down both horse and man, some lay stretched on earth as if never more to rise, some had already gained their feet, and were closing hand to hand with those of their antagonists who were in the same predicament, and several on both sides, who had received wounds by which they were disabled, were stopping their blood by their scarfs, and endeavouring to extricate themselves from the tumult.
If there is not evidence enough, on the one hand, to justify them in finding a prisoner guilty, and not evidence enough, on the other hand, to thoroughly convince them that a prisoner is innocent, they extricate themselves from the difficulty by finding a verdict of Not Proven."
The cries and shrieks of those who were pressed almost to suffocation, or trampled down and trodden under foot in the confusion, were dreadful; the narrow ways were completely blocked up; and at this time, between the rush of some to regain the space in front of the house, and the unavailing struggles of others to extricate themselves from the mass, the immediate attention was distracted from the murderer, although the universal eagerness for his capture was, if possible, increased.
By this means many insects were fairly enclosed; and the efforts which the poor little creatures made to extricate themselves from such a death were wonderful.
It is going to take huge amount of work to extricate themselves from their current situation.
In trying to extricate themselves from a longstanding relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier recently charged with sex trafficking, Deutsche Bank officials have discovered transactions in which Jeffrey Epstein had moved money out of the U.S., the New York Times' David Enrich and Jo Becker report.
It is intended to provide relief to debt-ridden South Africans who have no other means to extricate themselves from heavy debts.
The PDP, therefore, urged officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to note the tide and extricate themselves from any form of entanglement or pact to rig the elections for President Buhari, as they will be doing so at their own peril.
PTI rulers were offering oppoAsition containers to stand on and protest if they wanted to protest, which showed they had not yet been able to extricate themselves from the oppositional mode, he said.
After the gang left, carrying gold, cash and their mobile phones, the couple were able to extricate themselves from the knots and call the police around 4am on Thursday.
said Angara 'wanted all our citizens, especially the poor, oppressed and marginalized to realize that to extricate themselves from the clutches of poverty, they must have access to education.'
When people openly express and engage these conflicting parts of themselves in a playful context, they extricate themselves from the "guilt/shame" cycle and allow themselves to become fully awake to the human experience.
History's snowflakes pass into oblivion, but it is their descendants who will have to extricate themselves from all sorts of social avalanche.
During closed-door interviews, candidates have more leeway to extricate themselves from topics they are not entirely competent in.
Torquay always seem to extricate themselves from trouble with a late-season flourish but even by their standards they are approaching their home match with Barrow in a desperate situation.