or awol, A.W.O.L., a.w.o.l.
[ pronounced as initials or ey-wawl, ey-wol ]
/ pronounced as initials or ˈeɪ wɔl, ˈeɪ wɒl /
away from military duties without permission, but without the intention of deserting.
a soldier or other military person who is absent from duty without leave.
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Idioms for AWOL
- to depart from military duty without leave.
- to absent oneself without explanation.
Also absent without leave .
Origin of AWOL
First recorded in 1915–20; A(bsent) W(ith)o(ut) L(eave)
Words nearby AWOL
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Example sentences from the Web for AWOL
During a moment of crisis, Mohammed Morsi was AWOL, sending the wrong signal to Americans and Egyptians alike.
British Dictionary definitions for AWOL
/ (ˈeɪwɒl) /
military absent without leave; absent from one's post or duty without official permission but without intending to desert
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Idioms and Phrases with AWOL
see absent without leave.
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