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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theypull away
he/she/itpulls away
present participlepulling away
past tensepulled away
past participlepulled away
  1. 1
    if a vehicle or driver pulls away, they start to move
    The bus pulled away from the station around noon.
  2. 2
    to move away from someone who is trying to hold you or touch you
    When he tried to kiss her, she pulled away from him.
  3. 3
    same as pull1
    Sullivan pulled away in the final lap.
    He appears to be pulling away from his rivals in the election campaign.
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