Meaning of “tear sb away” in the English Dictionary

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"tear sb away" in British English

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tear sb away

phrasal verb with tear uk /teər/ us /ter/ verb 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, if you can tear yourself away from that new boyfriend of yours!

(Definition of “tear sb away” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)