pull away - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
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.

See also main entry: pull