tear away

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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 ?
We could not tear ourselves away from each other nor persuade ourselves to say the word "Farewell
For the next several days we could not tear ourselves away from the slough.
We must tear ourselves away, Rose, because I want to get you home before sunset.
From a Hard Rock to a giant lump of rock: difficult as it was to tear ourselves away from the hotel and its fabulous swimming pools with Nirvana and Oasis bars, it was time to take a deep breath (literally) and climb the highest point in Spain - granted, via a cable car.
When we did eventually tear ourselves away from the hotel we enjoyed (window) shopping in the Place Du Casino and walking up to the palace, which sits at the top of a hill and boasts impressive views of Monaco.
Of course, we did have to tear ourselves away from the house once or twice to get provisions in Crieff's delightful shops, staying long enough on one of our sorties to enjoy lunch at Delivino's, an excellent delicatessen and wine cafe.
We literally had to tear ourselves away from the mind and soul nourishing conversation we were so engrossed in.
I could have got through a couple of chapters in the time it took us to tear ourselves away from our table as a laid-back DJ set enhanced the relaxed atmosphere.
Despite finding it difficult, we do manage to tear ourselves away from Ghyll during our stay.
With seven star hotels offering every indulgence, it can be hard to tear ourselves away from the creature comforts of the UAE.
And even though we only had a few spouts and the odd tail-sighting to show for our trouble after that, we simply couldn't tear ourselves away until the sun went down.
And since it started in the UK two weeks ago, on new female channel TLC, we haven't been able to tear ourselves away.
There was always a great choice on offer and the food was delicious This made it very hard for us to tear ourselves away, but we did venture out one evening into Skala for a meal at an Italian restaurant called Il Destino, famous for its home-made pasta.
But if we want to get a bit of the island in our hair and under our fingernails - or at the very least take a dip in the shimmering azure waters only yards from our hotel - we must tear ourselves away for a short while.
We tear ourselves away from the past, climb into Thornton's 4x4, which is possibly the cleanest trainer's car I have ever been in, and roll back up to the Low Moor.