AWOL

or awol, A.W.O.L., a.w.o.l.

[pronounced as initials or ey-wawl, ey-wol]
noun
  1. a soldier or other military person who is absent from duty without leave.
Idioms
  1. 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.

adjective
  1. military absent without leave; absent from one's post or duty without official permission but without intending to desert
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Word Origin and History for go awol

awol

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

go awol in Culture

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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