It reinforces mounting criticism that Obama is “abandoning” Afghanistan, a false and nasty charge.
He faces pending charges for multiple counts of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck, and abandoning ship.
The consensus: He will, by abandoning his public option, signing a bill with smaller reforms, and declaring victory.
Millions of people are, for good reason, abandoning big-government blue states for low-tax red ones.
First, by pulling out of the game we are abandoning it to the hands of our neo-McCarthyists.
He had been bothered by no fine qualms about abandoning herself.
It seemed as if Providence had thrown it in their way; and they had no idea of abandoning it.
She loved a man—to her the noblest, most god-like creature of his kind,—and she was happy in abandoning herself to him.
Why did he not retire at once by the Kaluga road, abandoning Moscow?
Lefin chose to remedy that by abandoning entirely the tradition, and by writing exactly as the people spoke.
late 14c., "to give up, surrender (oneself or something), give over utterly; to yield (oneself) utterly (to religion, fornication, etc.)," from Old French abandoner (12c.), from adverbial phrase à bandon "at will, at discretion," from à "at, to" (see ad-) + bandon "power, jurisdiction," from Latin bannum, "proclamation," from a Frankish word related to ban (v.).
Mettre sa forest à bandon was a feudal law phrase in the 13th cent. = mettre sa forêt à permission, i.e. to open it freely to any one for pasture or to cut wood in; hence the later sense of giving up one's rights for a time, letting go, leaving, abandoning. [Auguste Brachet, "An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," transl. G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1878]Etymologically, the word carries a sense of "put someone under someone else's control." Meaning "to give up absolutely" is from late 14c. Related: Abandoned; abandoning.
"a letting loose, surrender to natural impulses," 1822, from a sense in French abandon (see abandon (v.). Borrowed earlier (c.1400) from French in a sense "(someone's) control;" and cf. Middle English adverbial phrase at abandon, i.e. "recklessly," attested from late 14c.