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English definition of “tear sb away”

tear sb away

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