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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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If a new owner can tear themselves away from the view, inside the apartment offers a light and modern open-plan living space, which incorporates the kitchen and looks out over the terrace.
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IF the Tories could tear themselves away from Brexit, they might consider the despair their methods are causing ordinary people.
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And, if guests can tear themselves away from their relaxing retreat, there is an abundance of wildlife on the doorstep.
If the blokes on the Advertising Standards committee can put down tV remote and tear themselves away from the football.
But many people aren't managing to tear themselves away from smartphones and computer screens.
Clearly, some people can tear themselves away from the constant noise of the presidential race long enough to take notice of issues that could have a far greater impact on the health care industry.
I trust the unions can tear themselves away from the politics of the Labour party and start to address the needs of their members which is what they exist to do.
They will be keen to tempt passengers on a range of excursions around the region - if they can tear themselves away from the many attractions on board the floating palace.
Those who manage to tear themselves away from the savoury dishes can dabble with the chocolate fountain or the assortment of Arabic desserts like the celebrated Umm Ali and Muhallabia.
For those able to tear themselves away from the hotel, the town centre is easily accessible via a coastal path.
Others are using the time to do simple chores that are impossible to get done when the ball rolls in soccer-loving nations, either because they cannot tear themselves away from the TV or because entire nations like Brazil shut down due to declared holidays on game days.