or awol, A.W.O.L., a.w.o.l.
[pronounced as initials or ey-wawl, ey-wol]
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.
- 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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Related Words for go awolquit, depart, bolt, escape, vacate, flee, forsake, betray, break, hightail, fade, skedaddle, get, jump, scram, leave, decamp, slip, vanish, vamoose
military absent without leave; absent from one's post or duty without official permission but without intending to desert
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also a.w.o.l., military initialism for absent without leave. The -o- seems to be there mostly so the initialism can be pronounced as a word. In U.S. military use at least from World War II, popular use by 1960.
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see absent without leave.
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