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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- to depart from military duty without leave.
- to absent oneself without explanation.
Origin of AWOL
1915–20; A(bsent) W(ith)o(ut) L(eave)
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British Dictionary definitions for awols
/ (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 awols
see absent without leave.
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