AWOL

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 /

adjective, adverb

away from military duties without permission, but without the intention of deserting.

noun

a soldier or other military person who is absent from duty without leave.

Idioms

    go AWOL,
    1. to depart from military duty without leave.
    2. 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 go awol

AWOL

A.W.O.L.

/ (ˈeɪwɒl) /

adjective

military absent without leave; absent from one's post or duty without official permission but without intending to desert
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Culture definitions for go awol

go AWOL

[ (aye-wahl) ]

To take unauthorized time off from work, school, or other duties: “Let's go AWOL and catch a baseball game this afternoon.” AWOL is an acronym for “absent without leave [permission].” The term originated with the military during World War I.

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Idioms and Phrases with go awol

AWOL


see absent without leave.

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