get away from (someone or something)

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get away from (someone or something)

1. To move away from someone or something. Well, get away from the cat if he's hissing at you. Kids! Get away from the street!
2. To move someone or something away from someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "away." Hey, get those kids away from the street! Get those peanuts away from Tommy—he's allergic!
3. To evade or escape from someone or something. The bank robbers got away from the police in a stolen car. Drive faster, we have to get away from this storm!
4. To no longer have to deal with someone or something. I decided to go to college out of state so that I could finally get away from my annoying family. We moved out here in the countryside to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
5. To fail to be kept under someone's or something's control. Sorry, it's not nearly as bad as I thought it was. I guess my imagination got away from me. They had a commanding lead early on, but the game seemed to get away from them in the final quarter.
6. To pass by without someone noticing or being fully aware. Used especially in reference to time. I had meant to go to the bank earlier, but the day simply got away from me! It's important to stay focused so you can get everything done today. Don't let the time get away from you!
7. To be forgotten by someone. I know I've met her before, but her name has gotten away from me.
See also: away, get
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get someone or something away from someone or something

to take someone or something away from someone or something, in any combination. Please get that cigar away from me! See if you can get Timmy away from the horse.
See also: away, get
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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