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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRAW AWAY

But this time, instead of letting her draw away, he put out his arms and caught her to him.

Gloria wondered why she did not draw away, but stood still instead.

Now and then my shoulder touched hers, and she did not draw away.

It came into his mind to draw away, but he could not, and he kissed her back.

Duvall looked at him sternly, then attempted to draw away his hand.

I laid my hand on her arm and held it there, though she tried to draw away.

Closer and closer to his own face it drew, and he did not draw away.

I plead with you do not draw away your skirts for fear of contamination.

But still I think you ought to try to draw away your mind from it.'

Literally to draw away from under, or in an underhanded way, as by stealth.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, spelling alteration of Old English dragan "to drag, to draw, protract" (class VI strong verb; past tense drog, past participle dragen), from Proto-Germanic *draganan "carry" (cf. Old Norse draga "to draw," Old Saxon dragan, Old Frisian draga, Middle Dutch draghen, Old High German tragen, German tragen "to carry, bear"), from PIE root *dhragh- (see drag (v.)).

Sense of "make a line or figure" (by "drawing" a pencil across paper) is c.1200. Meaning "pull out a weapon" is c.1200. To draw a criminal (drag him from a horse to place of execution) is from early 14c. To draw a blank "come up with nothing" (1825) is an image from lotteries. As a noun, from 1660s; colloquial sense of "anything that can draw a crowd" is from 1881 (the verb in this sense is 1580s).

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