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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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Firefighters found that someone had torn away the boards on one of the windows at the back of the pub, climbed in and started the fire.
The top part of her skull was torn away (The Look, Page 6, July 19).
Doctors had to rebuild Brough's lateral ligaments after they were torn away from the knee when he was hurt while playing at Macclesfield on October 14.
Her lower leg has been almost severed from her body and the surgeons have said too much flesh has been torn away for them to be able to do much in the way of reconstruction.
The child's best interests must be protected by all means but does that mean being torn away from the love of their family on the say so of one doctor?
Her three small sons have been torn away from her and forced to live with her ex-partner in awful conditions in Corfu.
Her three sons have been torn away from her and forced to live with her ex-partner in awful conditions in Corfu.