Meaning of “tear sb away” - Learner’s Dictionary

tear sb away

phrasal verb with tear uk us /teər/ verb (past tense tore, past participle torn)

to make someone stop doing something that they enjoy, in order to do something else:

I'll bring Ian, if I can tear him away from his computer games.

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