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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Continue to mix until the dough is soft and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.