or take-a·way

[ teyk-uh-wey ]
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  1. something taken back or away, especially an employee benefit that is eliminated or substantially reduced by the terms of a union contract.

  2. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Sports.

    • (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.

  1. of or relating to what is or can be taken away: a list of takeaway proposals presented by management.

  2. Chiefly British. takeout (def. 7).

Origin of takeaway

1930–35 for earlier sense “train car for carrying logs”; 1960–65 for def. 5; take + away

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British Dictionary definitions for take away

take away

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to deduct; subtract: take away four from nine to leave five

  1. minus: nine take away four is five

adjectivetakeaway British, Australian and NZ
  1. sold for consumption away from the premises on which it is prepared: a takeaway meal

  2. preparing and selling food for consumption away from the premises: a takeaway Indian restaurant

nountakeaway British, Australian and NZ
  1. a shop or restaurant that sells such food: let's go to the Chinese takeaway

  2. a meal bought at such a shop or restaurant: we'll have a Chinese takeaway tonight to save cooking

  • Also (for senses 3–6): (Scot) carry-out, (US and Canadian) takeout

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