Verb Phrases

do away with,
  1. to get rid of; abolish; stop.
  2. to kill: Bluebeard did away with all his wives.

Nearby words

  1. awardee,
  2. aware,
  3. awareness,
  4. awash,
  5. awato,
  6. away goal,
  7. away-going crop,
  8. awayday,
  9. awb,
  10. awe


    away with,
    1. take away: Away with him!
    2. go away! leave!: Away with you!
    where away? (of something sighted from a ship) in which direction? where?

Origin of away

before 950; Middle English; Old English aweg, reduction of on weg. See on, a-1, way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for away

British Dictionary definitions for away



from a particular place; offto swim away
in or to another, usual, or proper placeto put toys away
apart; at a distanceto keep away from strangers
out of existencethe music faded away
indicating motion, displacement, transfer, etc, from a normal or proper place, from a person's own possession, etcto turn one's head away; to give away money
indicating activity that is wasteful or designed to get rid of somethingto sleep away the hours
continuouslylaughing away; fire away
away with a command for a person to go or be removedaway with you; away with him to prison!
far and away by a very great marginfar and away the biggest meal he'd ever eaten
from away Canadian from a part of Canada other than Newfoundland

adjective (usually postpositive)

not presentaway from school
distanthe is a good way away
having started; releasedhe was away before sunrise; bombs away!
(also prenominal) sport played on an opponent's groundan away game
golf (of a ball or player) farthest from the hole
baseball (of a player) having been put out
horse racing relating to the outward portion or first half of a race


sport a game played or won at an opponent's ground


an expression of dismissal

Word Origin for away

Old English on weg on way

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Word Origin and History for away



late Old English aweg, earlier on weg "on from this (that) place;" see a- (1) + way. Colloquial use for "without delay" (fire away, also right away) is from earlier sense of "onward in time" (16c.). Intensive use (e.g. away back) is American English, first attested 1818.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with away


see back away; bang away; blow away; break away; by far (and away); carry away; cart off (away); cast away; clear out (away); die away; do away with; draw away; eat away; explain away; fade out (away); fall away; fire away; fool away; fritter away; get away; get away with; give away; go away; hammer away; lay aside (away); make away with; out and away; pass away; peg away at; piss away; plug away at; pull away; put away; right away; run away; run away with; salt away; send away; shy away from; slink away; slip out (away); sock away; spirit away; square away; squirrel away; stow away; take away from; take one's breath away; tear away; throw away; tuck away; turn away; walk away from; walk off (away) with; waste away; wear off (away); whale away; when the cat's away; while away.

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