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tear away

1. To quickly and forcefully pull or rip something away (from someone or something else). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "away." Jill tore the note away from me when I started reading it out loud. We began tearing the plaster away from the wall to reveal a secret compartment containing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
2. To remove someone or oneself unwillingly from someone, something, or some place. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "tear" and "away." I had to tear the kids away from the TV screen and make them go outside to play. We've only been dating for a couple of weeks, but we're having a hard time tearing ourselves away from one another. It was tough tearing myself away from the barbecue, but I had to catch the last bus to the airport.
3. To leave or depart very quickly. The car tore away as soon as the police officer began approaching it. The boy began tearing away from the school, trying to outrun the group of bullies in pursuit. It was tough tearing myself away from the barbecue, but I had to catch the last bus to the airport.
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tear (oneself) away (from someone or something)

Fig. to force oneself to leave someone or something. Do you think you can tear yourself away from your friends for dinner? I could hardly tear myself away from the concert.
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tear something away

 (from someone or something)
1. to peel something from someone or something. The paramedic tore the clothing away from the burn victim and began to treat the wounds immediately. She tore away the clothing from the victim. She tore the clothing away.
2. to quickly take something away from someone or something. I tore the firecracker away from the child and threw it in the lake. Liz tore away the cover from the book. She tore the wrapping paper away.
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tear away (from someone or something)

to leave someone or something, running. Dave tore away from Jill, leaving her to find her own way home. Roger tore away from the meeting, trying to make his train.
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tear away

Remove oneself unwillingly or reluctantly, as in I couldn't tear myself away from that painting. [Late 1700s]
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tear away

v.
1. To remove someone or something by force: The mugger tore my bag away from me. The security guard tore away the passenger's knife.
2. To remove someone unwillingly or reluctantly: The book was so suspenseful that I couldn't tear myself away from it. We can't tear the children away from the video games, so we bought a system for the car.
3. To leave or drive off rapidly: When the stoplight turned green, the taxi tore away.
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References in classic literature ?
She trembled with fear, suffered qualms of nausea, thought sometimes that she would faint, so madly reeled her brain; yet she could not tear herself away, sad sat on and on, her sewing forgotten on her lap, staring with inward sight upon a nightmare vision beyond all imagining.
We stayed several hours with Justine, and it was with great difficulty that Elizabeth could tear herself away.
I must administer an antidote, while Miss Deane prepares to tear herself away from her bobbins.
But having just then 'commenced author,' as you know, she could not tear herself away from the fascinating novelty.
Again, Potapitch told me that there were three occasions on which she really began to win; but that, led on by false hopes, she was unable to tear herself away at the right moment.
Dalloway his views upon the present state of England when the breakfast bell rung so imperiously that she had to tear herself away, promising to come back and be shown his sea-weeds.
Could she tear herself away from the remote control, excuse herself from the dole office, and come and give an old pal a hand?
But even the bride can't tear herself away from the hospital this week, because (unbelievable plotline alert) she's decided to get ready in the doctors' on-call room and run the risk of bumping into the groom and jinxing their big day.
Sarah's got a babysitter, Heather's dropped her kids off with her mum and Lucy's managed to tear herself away from her on-off boyfriend.
Kidman, who has two young children with country singer husband Keith Urban, admitted it's hard to tear herself away from her family for work.
Rebecca Baxter, who was taking photos, could not tear herself away from the goat conversation.
The doting new mum managed to tear herself away from her beloved son to have a quick chat.
Sometimes recess would go a little longer because the teacher couldn't tear herself away from the game.
Clearly excited about their new abode, Kerrie's going to have to tear herself away from supervising the renovations to finish filming her fourth series of Where The Heart Is, which will return to TV screens later this year.