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or take-away

[teyk-uh-wey] /ˈteɪk əˌweɪ/
something taken back or away, especially an employee benefit that is eliminated or substantially reduced by the terms of a union contract.
conclusions, impressions, or action points resulting from a meeting, discussion, roundtable, or the like:
The takeaway was that we had to do a lot more work on the proposal before it could be shown to the governing board.
Chiefly British.
  1. a takeout restaurant:
    Let's pick something up at the Indian takeaway.
  2. food from a takeout restaurant:
    I get Chinese takeaway at least once a week.
  1. (in hockey and football) the act of getting the puck or ball away from the team on the offense:
    The problem with most hockey statistics is they are not very consistent in how they determine takeaways and giveaways.
  2. (in golf) a backswing:
    I got him a video entitled “Improving the Takeaway in Your Golf Swing” for his birthday.
of or relating to what is or can be taken away:
a list of takeaway proposals presented by management.
Chiefly British. takeout (def 7).
Origin of takeaway
1930-35 for earlier sense “train car for carrying logs”; 1960-65 for def 5; take + away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Well, if God does not intend to take away this cup from me, His will be done.

  • If a man passes the store, he is supposed to take away the spirit of the goods.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • He got hungry and cold, and one day sprang upon a little girl, to take away a piece of bread and butter that she was eating.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • I had stolen slaves, and endeavoured to take away the life of a fellow-creature.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • But Nature, as if to take away the reproach of permitting such a vast blotch on her fair face, kindly threw in Fata Morgana.

British Dictionary definitions for take away

take away

verb (transitive, adverb)
to deduct; subtract: take away four from nine to leave five
minus: nine take away four is five
adjective (Brit & Austral, NZ)
sold for consumption away from the premises on which it is prepared: a takeaway meal
preparing and selling food for consumption away from the premises: a takeaway Indian restaurant
noun (Brit & Austral, NZ)
a shop or restaurant that sells such food: let's go to the Chinese takeaway
a meal bought at such a shop or restaurant: we'll have a Chinese takeaway tonight to save cooking
Also (for senses 3–6) (Scot) carry-out, (US and Canadian) takeout
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for take away


also take-away, 1964 (adj.), 1970 (n.), from take (v.) + away.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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