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English definition of “tear sb away”

tear sb away

phrasal verb with tear     /teər/ US  /ter/ verb (tore, torn)
to make someone stop doing something that they enjoy, usually because they have to go somewhere or do something else: I'll bring Tim, if I can tear him away from the football. You could come to the party with us. That's if you can tear yourself away from that new boyfriend of yours!Transferring and transporting objects
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