take out of

take (one) out of (oneself)

To do something that distracts one from something causing worry, anxiety, or distress. He's been so stressed out about his exams that I think it's starting to affect his mental health. I think we should take him to Disney World for the weekend to take him out of himself for a while. My wife thinks it's silly that I still play video games, but it really helps to take me out of myself after a stressful day at work.
See also: of, out, take

take (someone or something) out of (someone or something)

1. To remove someone or something from something or some place. The trash is starting to smell—please take it out of the kitchen. I had to take the kids out of the store because they wouldn't stop whining!
2. To extract something from inside of someone or something. Please take your books out of your bags and open up to page 115. The surgeon is confident he can take the abscess out of me without any complications.
3. To sap or deprive someone of something, such as energy or an emotion. Legal processes like that can really take a lot out of you, so be sure to take care of yourself until it's all over. The poor reception of my first book really took the enthusiasm for writing out of me.
See also: of, out, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take someone or something out of something

 and take someone or something out
to carry, lead, or guide someone or something out of something or some place. (See also take something out.) He was becoming quite ill from the smoke, and I had to take him out of the room. They took out the injured people.
See also: of, out, take

take something out of someone or something

 and take something out
to remove something from the inside of someone or something. The doctors took a large intestinal tumor out of Wally. She took out a sheet of paper.
See also: of, out, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also: