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pull away

1. To drag, haul, or force someone or something away. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "around." She pulled me away from the road just as the bus careered past. If you pull this drywall away, you can see that dry rot has begun to infest the walls.
2. To withdraw or move backward. I pulled away as she leaned in to kiss me. You can tell they used cheap glue because the stickers are already beginning to pull away from the toy.
3. Of a vehicle, to begin moving forward and away. It was only once the train started pulling away that I realized I'd left my laptop onboard.
4. To move to a superior position in a competition, either physically or figuratively. It was neck and neck for most of the race, but the blue car pulled away during the final lap. The score remained tied for most of the game, but the home team started pulling away with its field goal in the third quarter.
See also: away, pull

pull away

1. Move away or withdraw, as in The car pulled away from the curb. [Mid-1900s]
2. Move ahead or forward, as in His horse pulled away and took the lead.
See also: away, pull

pull away

v.
1. To draw or haul something or someone away from something or someone: She opened the box and gently pulled away the layers of tissue paper. He pulled the child's hand away from the hot stove.
2. To move away or backward; withdraw: When I leaned over to wipe the child's face, he pulled away. She tried to stop him from going, but he pulled away from her.
3. To start moving away, as a vehicle: She noted the car's license plate as it was pulling away. We waved goodbye as the boat pulled away from the dock.
4. To move ahead: The horse pulled away in the final stretch and won the race.
See also: away, pull
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But it wasn't until some of his teammates started chipping in that the Matadors could pull away from Tulsa in a 77-71 victory Tuesday night in front of 1,423 at the Northridge gym.
When the lights changed he was too busy eating and drinking to pull away first but as we pulled away he decided to hoot his horn.
The pictures showed that the two chromosomes' origins of replication were usually at opposite ends of a dividing bacterium, implying that this region is involved when the bacterial chromosomes pull away from one another.
Pomona scored three second-half touchdowns to pull away from a tight game, dropping Village Christian to 1-1.
It's that time when we've got to bring up the anchor and start to pull away,'' said Gomez, who scored in the seventh and 66th minutes.
Gonzales, who was intoxicated, repeatedly attempted to pull away from the escorting staff.
In the first game, Pepperdine trailed 2-0 after two innings but used a four-run third to pull away from Santa Clara and pick up a conference win in a makeup game from March.
Randle was fouled on the shot, and made her free throw to pull away from Lassen (25-7) and give AVC its 22nd consecutive victory.
But the Cavaliers used a pressing defense and the hot shooting of Duncan to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Santa Clara 72, Pepperdine 53: Quinn Thomas scored 18 points and the Broncos shot 50 percent from the floor to pull away from the Waves in the second half in Malibu.