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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 ?
I assure you to leave off reading was like tearing myself away from the shelter of an old and solid friendship.
I'm just watching it unfold and then tearing myself away from it and realising the horribleness of it all" Actor Colin Farrell on disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein "I just can't do the conforming thing at all in life.
I'm just watching it unfold and then tearing myself away from it and realising the horribleness of it all" - Actor Colin Farrell, above, on disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
"I'm just watching it unfold and then tearing myself away from it and realising the horribleness of it all and the wrongdoing, fundamentally, around the whole thing and just wish healing for everyone and that changes are made.
Tearing myself away from this island getaway I'm more convinced than ever that my ongoing infatuation with Lusty Beg is one that will go the distance.
Tearing myself away from Caravaggio's masterpiece, I left the Baroque cathedral, with its 24-carat gilded walls, and strolled through streets of pale stone palazzos glinting just as brightly as the cathedral gold in the Mediterranean sunlight.
After tearing myself away from the picture postcard setting, I was off in a bus to the 1,000 acre Makasutu Forest.
I already have a struggle tearing myself away from the TV news channels--since Al Jazeera started broadcasting in English, that's been my default satellite channel of choice.
It was hard tearing myself away from the crowd and I got lots of stick but I'm free today and they are all in jail.
My reason for tearing myself away from the sun lounger, however, was to visit the Shine Spa and their signature massage - it's the best I have ever had.