away

[ uh-wey ]
/ əˈweɪ /

adverb

adjective

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

Idioms

    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

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British Dictionary definitions for away

Word Origin for away

Old English on weg on way

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Word Origin and History for away

away

adv.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with away

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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