Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pull away”

pull away

(PERSON) phrasal verb with pull     /pʊl/ verb
If you pull away from someone who is holding you, you suddenly move your body backwards, away from them: She pulled away just as he was about to kiss her.Making short, sudden movementsRunning away and escaping
(Definition of pull away (PERSON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of pull away

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Making short, sudden movements, but you might be interested in these topics from the Moving quickly and slowly topic area:

Definitions of “pull away” in other dictionaries

Translations of “pull away”

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More