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rip away

1. To tear something off or away from something else, especially with intense, violent force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rip" and "away." Quit ripping the bark away from the tree like that—it isn't good for it! The kids ran into the room full of presents and began ripping away wrapping paper as fast as they could.
2. To remove someone from something or someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is usually used between "rip" and "away." It was heartbreaking watching them rip him away from his family like that. They had to rip me away from the party.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rip something away (from something)

to tear or strip something away. Billy ripped the wrapping paper away from the box. He ripped away the paper.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ripped

verb

ripped

1. mod. intoxicated on drugs or alcohol. I don’t know what I drank, but I’m really ripped.
2. mod. muscular; having sharply defined muscles. I worked and worked to get ripped, but I’m just not made that way.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In the end Gilas didn't merely "steal" the games as much as ripped them away from host countries Qatar and Kazakhstan to join China, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Jordan as Asian qualifiers on the world stage.
They may have been blown out of the solar system in which they formed when their star exploded - a supernova explosion, which is the biggest kind there is - or during a close encounter with other stars or planets in which a gravitational pull ripped them away. But they remain mysterious objects, in part because it is so hard to see them.
The kids wouldn't have stood a chance if it ripped them away.
Instead of gently untangling errant nasturtiums from around the wire cages as I had done all summer, I cavalierly ripped them away, knowing their hours were numbered.