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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 "away." 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
References in classic literature ?
Is that seemly?' At the same time he seized the youngest by the hand in order to pull her away, but as soon as he touched her he likewise stuck fast, and was himself obliged to run behind.
At the time, South Wales Police said the victim reported being dragged into a car when two men intervened and managed to pull her away.
In Cambridge Road, a 35-year-old woman was grabbed by a man who placed his hand over her mouth and attempted to pull her away.
This photograph taken from the Chronicle archive shows the tug Tynesider struggling to pull her away from the nearby Corfield after she was blown towards the quay shortly after her launch.
And, yet another bicyclist was rescued by passers-by as the lion tried to pull her away. The victim was in stable condition at press time.
THE husband of a woman accused of murdering two baby sons yesterday told how he had to pull her away from one of them as she desperately tried resuscitation.