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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
References in classic literature ?
East seizes Tom's arm, and tries to pull him away, but is knocked back by one of the boys, and Tom is dragged along struggling.
"Officers tried to pull him away, but he scratched my forehead and pulled my hair."
He had an argument with his partner and the complainants tried to pull him away. But he bit Miss Dulson to the arm and punched her face, and he bit Mr Pearson to the bicep.
Mobile phone footage shows other fans trying to pull him away from the man.
Lady Hamilton said: "He rushed out into my arms saying, 'Home', and they had to pull him away.
James had to pull him away to take part in a men's pool competition."
The child's frantic mother managed to grab the boy's legs and pull him away from Nairn, a court was told.
Pull him away from the tube and challenge him to a game of five-card poker--loser springs for post-match sashimi.
As the teams left the Ynys Park pitch Coney confronted Tapper in an angry exchange with teammates rushing in to pull him away.
The fiancee of motorway stabbing victim Mr Stephen Cameron tried to pull him away from fighting moments before he slumped dying in the road, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.
The TE releases at an angle to get behind the LB and pull him away from the Z, who is running a curl route in the area vacated by the LB.
But it'll take a lot to pull him away from what he's started at Wrexham, and that's the measure of the man.
Houston needs Gomis to get on top of the 32-year-old Senegalese star and pull him away from his position of protecting the back four.
James had to pull him away to take part in a men's pool competition." Kylie, best Get Him Out of Your Head.
A man across the aisle jumped on top of me to try to get the ball but my wife helped to pull him away while a man on crutches near us gave him a few pokes as well.