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Difference between Draw away and Draw off

draw away

1. move off; move away:

  • The crowd cheered as the ship drew slowly away.

2. move ahead of competitors (in a race):

  • The best runner was beginning to draw away.

3. isolate oneself socially:

  • She has drawn away lately and we can’t find out why.

draw off

1. = draw away 1:

  • The ships drew off at sunset, but celebrated the expected victory by blowing trumpets.

2. (of troops) retreat; withdraw:

  • The army drew off to await fresh developments elsewhere.