Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tear sb away”

See all translations

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!
(Definition of tear sb away from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tear sb away?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “tear sb away” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More