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yank away

1. To pull or tug on something vigorously and repeatedly. I watched the mechanic yanking away at the innards of the engine and an awful feeling crept into my stomach. You can yank away all you like, but you'll never be able to pull that sword from its stone.
2. To pull, tug, or jerk someone or something away (from someone or something else) with sudden or violent force. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "yank" and "away." I tried to see what he was writing, but he yanked away the journal when I got close. I had to yank my daughter away from the edge of the pool before she fell in.
3. To remove or separate someone (from someone or something) very suddenly or forcefully. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "yank" and "away." The authoritarian government has been yanking political activists away from their families and throwing them in prison. I'm sorry for yanking you away from the meeting like that, but there is an issue that demands your urgent attention.
See also: away, yank

yank away at (something)

To pull or tug on something vigorously and repeatedly. I watched the mechanic yanking away at the innards of the engine, and an awful feeling crept into my stomach. You can yank away at it all you like, but you'll never be able to pull that sword from its stone.
See also: away, yank

yank someone or something away (from someone or something)

to jerk someone or something away from someone or something. He yanked his hand away from the fire. Please yank away that rug from the fire before it gets burned.
See also: away, yank