draw away


drew away; drawn away; drawing away; draws away

intransitive verb

: to move ahead (as of an opponent in a race)

Examples of draw away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And through all that, charter schools drew away more and more students: 14 charters in Genesee County, 11 of those in Flint, serving more than 5,000 students, according to state data. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2024 Today, Beijing stands to benefit when US attention is drawn away from itself and toward Pyongyang’s provocative rhetoric and weapons testing. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024 In response to the increasing efficiency of gerrymandering, activists have developed a weapon to fight back: taking map drawing away from partisan legislatures and giving it to independent citizen commissions. TIME, 1 Apr. 2024 Here, the Eurasian and North American plates gradually draw away from one another, sending molten rock welling up from the deep to erupt at the surface. Maya Wei-Haas, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Feb. 2024 By encouraging more leaves, calcium will be drawn away from fruit and into the leaves, potentially stunting fruit formation altogether. Marlene Simon, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 In fact, his administration appears to be taking advantage of the attention Gaza is drawing away from the West Bank to pursue more settlement expansion and repress the Palestinians. Aaron David Miller, Foreign Affairs, 22 Dec. 2023 Zelensky’s rare visit across the Atlantic came at an urgent moment in his efforts to maintain robust aid for Ukraine’s fight, amid increasing concern among leaders of the Global South and Republicans in Congress who say the war is consuming too many resources and drawing away from other priorities. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 Beyond that, Harris recommends searching for comforters that use breathable materials like cotton or bamboo and include moisture-wicking properties that draw away sweat. Isabella Ubaldi, Health, 29 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of draw away was in the 14th century

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“Draw away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20away. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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