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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.
See also: away, tear
References in classic literature ?
At times I forgot to eat, or refused to tear myself away from my passionate outpouring in order to eat.
I've been so busy, I didn't know when I should be able to tear myself away.
And looking at those drawings I dreamed I felt that I was doing wrong, but could not tear myself away from them.
It's all I can do to tear myself away from the table when I know I'm full to bustin' and ain't got storage for another bite.
But I am practising it to excess just at this moment--I must really tear myself away.
I must tear myself away, or Pa and Ma will both find out
Sorry to detain you,' replied the gull; 'but Nickleby has been so ama-azingly funny that I couldn't tear myself away.
Yet I lingered about, and could not tear myself away, thinking of all possible harm that might happen to the child--of fires and robberies and even murder--and feeling as if some evil must ensure if I turned my back upon the place.
In the light room, Dora blushing looked so lovely, that I could not tear myself away, but sat there staring, in a dream, until the snoring of Mr.
Well," said Morcerf, "I may as well be magnanimous, and tear myself away to forward your wishes.
This novel was hard to tear myself away from, the poetic writing almost hypnotic.
But the fact was I couldn't tear myself away from routines that had me harking back to younger days while simultaneously laughing at older generations.
And I still haven't managed to tear myself away from Newbattle as I work as one of the sub-wardens.
The Balmoral Suite had fabulous views over the beach and it was all I could do to tear myself away from the window.
I was touched, but I had to tear myself away to get something from the car.