do away with

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v do away with terminate, end, or take out "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics","Socialism extinguished these archaic customs","eliminate my debts"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Do away with to abolish, destroy
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Quotations

  • Richard Cecil
    Richard Cecil
    “If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality, I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
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    “Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts -- it's what you do with what you have left.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dón, dyde, gedón; Dut. doen, Ger. thun; conn. with Gr. tithenai, to put, place.

Usage

In literature:

What could I do but go away sorrowfully, and with a heavy heart take up farm affairs where I had left them?
"In the Valley" by Harold Frederic
I hope they've nothing to do with Miss Nancy's and Mr. Dan's being away.
"The Inn at the Red Oak" by Latta Griswold
Then, her classmates had much to do with making it easier to be away from her adored father and mother.
"Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus" by Jessie Graham Flower
You've got a wife living, and, unless you intend to do away with her, I guess that's all there is to it.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
There's been a good many men who've tried to do away with me.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
We'd do away with a good many abuses.
"Beautiful Joe" by by Marshall Saunders
A man who spends his money is sure he is doing good with it: he is not so sure when he gives it away.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Boswell
See here, do you think the yeggs who did that neat job got away with my biplane?
"The Aeroplane Boys Flight" by John Luther Langworthy
It must have been insanity, I think, for he had no reason for doing away with himself.
"My Strangest Case" by Guy Boothby
But since I cannot do that, I must try for some other comfort to take away with me.
"Andrew Golding" by Annie E. Keeling
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In poetry:

With so much justice, doing right,
That thou thyself shalt say,
My sins have brought me to this plight,
I threw myself away.
"Of Judgement" by John Bunyan
As years fleet away, we treasure
The power of our mind to skim
O'er the scenes of early doings,
With valiant and trustworthy Tim.
"Tim" by Jared Barhite
Though I have broke Thy righteous law,
Yet with me let Thy Spirit stay;
Thyself from me do not withdraw,
Nor take my spark of hope away.
"Bowed With a Sense of Sin" by Augustus Montague Toplady
There, stretching lonely, do the giant mountains
Rise with their ages of snows to heaven,
Snows, the heart shudders, so far away seem they,
Fearfully lovely;
"Myvanwy" by Manmohan Ghose
See how the bee-people swarm together –
what perfect oneness they display!
They build and serve and work as one.
With “mine” and “thine” they do away.
"For My Children" by Eberhard Arnold
'By the clear waters where once I died . . .
In the calm evening bright with stars . . . '
What do the strange words mean? you say,—
And touch my hand, and turn away.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 12:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

The Maui County Council on Friday gave final approval to legislation that would do away with the long-standing waiting list for water meters Upcountry.
My calls for TSA reform are intended to improve the agency's performance, not to do away with it.
At a town council meeting last week, David Snyder suggested doing away with the entire Roseland Police force.
Doing Away With $1 Bill Could Save Taxpayers Big Bucks.
The high price of ice time is causing one local hockey group in Westmoreland, Pa. To suggest doing away with the National Anthem during games KDKA-TV's John Shumway reports.
A couple of years ago the Grammys decided to do away with a bunch of categories including the Cajun & Zydeco category.
Netflix came up with a great idea back in the late 90?s to make it more convenient to rent and do away with those dreaded late fees once and for all.
"Hello -- now go away, I have work to do," said Philip Hanes, my host for the weekend at the splendid lodge he shares with a dozen or so partners in western North Carolina.
Google didn't totally do away with its Pac -Man doodle.
And yet the role of parent is the only one that enables one person to do violence to another and get away with it.
The defensive coaches come up with a plan, usually to try to take away a strength of the opponent, But when they do that, they know the leave themselves exposed to another threat.
Do you think the Constitution should be amended to do away with the Electoral College so presidents would be elected by direct vote.
A government think tank is urging Chinese leaders to start phasing out China's one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy.
This does not mean that we recommend our clients do away with the credit shelter/bypass trusts previously included in their estate plan .
A little mercury is all that humans need to do away with themselves quietly, slowly, and surely.
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In science:

Interestingly, it is also found that AC P (B+ → K +π 0 ) = −0.049 ± 0.040, which, although compatible with zero, is 3.6σ away from AC P (B 0 → K +π− ) indicating that color-allowed tree amplitudes do not dominate color-suppressed trees (plus electroweak penguins).
Conference Summary
For some of the simple boundary conditions, such as freezing or Sommerfeld conditions, we find constraint violations that do not converge away with increasing resolution.
Testing outer boundary treatments for the Einstein equations
We propose a generic test for models in which gravity is modified to do away with dark matter.
A Generic Test of Modified Gravity Models which Emulate Dark Matter
We are currently investigating other types of feedback control options that will do away with the need to modulate the laser beam.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
The H2 -regulated star formation recipe successfully reproduces the morphological and quantitative aspects of previous numerical models while doing away with the star formation efficiency parameter.
Molecular gas, CO, and star formation in galaxies: emergent empirical relations, feedback, and the evolution of very gas-rich systems
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