- something taken back or away, especially an employee benefit that is eliminated or substantially reduced by the terms of a union contract.
- conclusions, impressions, or action points resulting from a meeting, discussion, roundtable, or the like: The takeaway was that we had to do a lot more work on the proposal before it could be shown to the governing board.
- Chiefly British.
- a takeout restaurant: Let's pick something up at the Indian takeaway.
- food from a takeout restaurant: I get Chinese takeaway at least once a week.
- (in hockey and football) the act of getting the puck or ball away from the team on the offense: The problem with most hockey statistics is they are not very consistent in how they determine takeaways and giveaways.
- (in golf) a backswing: I got him a video entitled “Improving the Takeaway in Your Golf Swing” for his birthday.
- of or relating to what is or can be taken away: a list of takeaway proposals presented by management.
- Chiefly British. takeout(def 7).
Origin of takeaway
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- to deduct; subtracttake away four from nine to leave five
- minusnine take away four is five
- sold for consumption away from the premises on which it is prepareda takeaway meal
- preparing and selling food for consumption away from the premisesa takeaway Indian restaurant
- a shop or restaurant that sells such foodlet's go to the Chinese takeaway
- a meal bought at such a shop or restaurantwe'll have a Chinese takeaway tonight to save cooking
Also (for senses 3–6): (Scot) carry-out, (US and Canadian) takeout
Word Origin and History for take away
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper