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.
Idioms about AWOL
to depart from military duty without leave.
to absent oneself without explanation.
- Also absent without leave .
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How to use AWOL in a sentence
The school system declared them AWOL, began docking their pay and locked them out of their virtual classrooms.Lawsuits, lockouts and strike threats: Fights to reopen classrooms reach a head in several school districts | Moriah Balingit | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
It centers on Kanan Jarrus (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.), a wisecracking AWOL Jedi and leader of the Ghost crew.‘Star Wars Rebels’ Explores the Jedi’s Lost Years Between the Prequels and the Original Trilogy | Annaliza Savage | August 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They went AWOL all around the world—from the waters around Antarctica to just off a Japanese Island—for a host of reasons.Lost Ocean Rover Leaves Gap in Biology and Alzheimer's Research | Beenish Ahmed | June 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But elected Republicans seem AWOL in the fight to take back their party.The Bill Clinton and DLC Model For Reinventing the Republican Party | Will Marshall | March 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
During a moment of crisis, Mohammed Morsi was AWOL, sending the wrong signal to Americans and Egyptians alike.
Pauly D takes one for the team and entertains the grenade to The Situation's girl of the moment…until he goes AWOL.
They were easy enough to trace, and the kids gave themselves away by all eight of them being AWOL from their one o'clock classes.A Mixture of Genius | Arnold Castle
British Dictionary definitions for AWOL
military absent without leave; absent from one's post or duty without official permission but without intending to desert
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Other Idioms and Phrases with AWOL
see absent without leave.
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