• "We were driven away from that truly hospitable house."
    "We were driven away from that truly hospitable house."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj away (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter "the pitch was away (or wide)","an outside pitch"
    • adj away used of an opponent's ground "an away game"
    • adj away not present; having left "he's away right now","you must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away"
    • adv away from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete) "ran away from the lion","wanted to get away from there","sent the children away to boarding school","the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal","went off to school","they drove off","go forth and preach"
    • adv away from one's possession "he gave out money to the poor","gave away the tickets"
    • adv away in reserve; not for immediate use "started setting aside money to buy a car","put something by for her old age","has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day"
    • adv away out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts) "brush the objections aside","pushed all doubts away"
    • adv away out of existence "the music faded away","tried to explain away the affair of the letter"- H.E.Scudder","idled the hours away","her fingernails were worn away"
    • adv away indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily "he worked away at the project for more than a year","the child kept hammering away as if his life depended on it"
    • adv away in a different direction "turn aside","turn away one's face","glanced away"
    • adv away in or into a proper place (especially for storage or safekeeping) "put the toys away","her jewels are locked away in a safe","filed the letter away"
    • adv away at a distance in space or time "the boat was 5 miles off (or away)","the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)","away back in the 18th century"
    • adv away so as to be removed or gotten rid of "cleared the mess away","the rotted wood had to be cut away"
    • adv away freely or at will "fire away!"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329 Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329
The Ox Bellowed and Run Away 382 The Ox Bellowed and Run Away 382
Rain, rain, go away Rain, rain, go away
Two to one he gets away Two to one he gets away
King Loc carries Abeille away from her mother King Loc carries Abeille away from her mother
The tree flies away, stranding the treasure seekers The tree flies away, stranding the treasure seekers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Polar bears can smell seals who are 20 miles away
    • Away Absent; gone; at a distance; as, the master is away from home.
    • Away Aside; off; in another direction. "The axis of rotation is inclined away from the sun."
    • Away By ellipsis of the verb, equivalent to an imperative: Go or come away; begone; take away. "And the Lord said . . . Away , get thee down."
    • Away From a place; hence. "The sound is going away .""Have me away , for I am sore wounded."
    • Away From a state or condition of being; out of existence. "Be near me when I fade away ."
    • Away On; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as, sing away .
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When baby sharks are born, they swim away from their mothers right away and are on there own. In fact, their mothers might see them as prey
    • away On the way; onward; on; along: as, come away.
    • away From this or that place; off: as, to go, run, flee, or sail away.
    • away From one's own or accustomed place; absent: as, he is away from home; I found him away on a vacation.
    • away From contact or adherence; off: as, to clear away obstructions; cut away the broken spars.
    • away Removed; apart; remote: as, away from the subject.
    • away From one's possession or keeping: as, to give away one's books or money; throw away a worn-out or discarded thing.
    • away From one's immediate presence, attention, or use; aside: as, put or lay away your work; put away your fears; the things were laid away for the summer.
    • away From this or that direction; in another or the other direction: as, turn your eyes away; he turned away.
    • away At or to such a distance; distant; off: as, the village is six miles away.
    • away From one state or condition to another; out of existence; to an end; to nothing: as, to pass, wear, waste, fade, pine, or die away; continual dropping wears away stone; the image soon faded away; the wind died away at sunset; she pined away with consumption.
    • away Gone; vanished; departed: as, here's a health to them that's away.
    • away On; continuously; steadily; without interruption: as, he worked away; he kept pegging away; and hence often as an intensive: as, to fire away, eat away, laugh away, snore away.
    • away Often used elliptically, with a verb (as go, get) suppressed, and simulating an imperative: as, (go) away! (get) away! we must away; whither away so fast?
    • away Away back, far back; long ago: as, away back in the years before the war; away back in 1844. [Colloq. often way back.]
    • away Far away, far and away. At a great distance.
    • away By far.
    • away Right away, straightway; at once; immediately; forthwith.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sound made by the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is so loud that it can be heard 40 miles away
    • adv Away a-wā′ onward, along: forthwith: in the direction of, about: absent: gone, dead, fainted
    • interj Away begone!—Away (elliptically), to go away, esp. imperatively, Away! or Away with you!Away with him = take him away
    • ***


  • William Faulkner
    “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”
  • Sting
    “Many miles away there's a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.”


An apple a day keeps the doctor away - Eating healthy food keeps you healthy.
Away with the fairies - If someone is away with the fairies, they don't face reality and have unrealistic expectations of life.
Blow the cobwebs away - If you blow the cobwebs away, you make sweeping changes to something to bring fresh views and ideas in.
Fire away - If you want to ask someone a question and they tell you to fire away, they mean that you are free to ask what you want.
Get away scot-free - If someone gets away scot-free, they are not punished when they have done something wrong. ('Get off scot-free' is an alternative.)
Get away with murder - If you get away with murder, you do something bad and don't get caught or punished.('Get away with blue murder' is also used.)
Give away the store - (USA) If someone gives away the store, they say or do something that makes their position in negotiations, debates, etc, much weaker.
Kick away the ladder - If someone kicks away the ladder, they remove something that was supporting or helping someone.
Squared away - Being prepared or ready for business or tasks at hand. Having the proper knowledge, skill and equipment to handle your assignment or station. 'He is a great addition to the squad; he is squared away.'
Take your breath away - If something takes your breath away, it astonishes or surprises you.
While the cat's away, the mouse will play - People whose behaviour is strictly controlled go over the top when the authority is not around, which is why most teenagers have parties when their parents have gone on holiday. The parents are the scary authority figures, but the cat's away and the kids are the mice partying and enjoying their freedom.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. aweg, anweg, onweg,; on, on + weg, way


In literature:

He has come away to forget her, you know.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
They threw away their combustibles, and fled.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
He had never kissed me since the summer before he went away to college.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
After dinner Grandmother Marshall and Chrissie drove away, and Uncle Roderick and Aunt Isabella went away, too.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
At the door she stopped and turned as if she were going away again.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Somewhere, anywhere away from Trewinion, away from this dark deed of my life.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
That sound, too, soon died away.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Away went Lollo, and away went Jackanapes's hat.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
There was only one thing to drive him away from it, but that was the greatest thing of all.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The crowd was held back now in a circle, a hundred yards away from the light.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings

In poetry:

Thomas Jefferson,
What do you say
Under the gravestone
Hidden away?
"Thomas Jefferson" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Jump away
From this town into
The next, to-day.
"The Little Jumping Girls" by Kate Greenaway
Eating its forage
A wisp of hay;
In the dust of the highway
Munching away;
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
"Gathering Leaves" by Robert Frost
Sure is the summer,
Sure is the sun;
The night and the winter
Away they run.
"Up And-Down" by George MacDonald
COUNSEL. With love devoted
On you he's doated,
To castle moated
Away they go.
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

You'd think they were giving it away for free.
The project that will remake the North-South Arterial in Utica is months away from starting and years away from completion but signs of the inevitable change in the neighborhood can already been seen.
Tucked away in a forgotten corner of Atkinson Park, yet only feet away from the ball fields is what's left of the Henderson Boat Club .
You give them to people and they probably do what you do when people give you theirs—lose them, throw them away, or let them pile up on your desk until you either lose them or throw them away.
Salem led by three after one quarter and trailed by just two at the half, but undefeated East Liverpool pulled away in the third before putting the Quakers away in the fourth.
Come away , come away .
Dobie Gray, best known for the 1973 Smash "Drift Away" passed away Tuesday.
The drive-away outfits are usually listed under 'Automobiles—Transporters' or 'Automobiles— Drive-Away Companies'.
Pilot Walks Away from Minn. HANLEY FALLS, Minn. A pilot was able to walk away after a crop- duster crash in western Minnesota.
Cuomo's rule change does away with the need for a waiver, and instead will do away with the fingerprinting requirement altogether.
Anthony Curtis, publisher of Las Vegas Advisor, an industry newsletter, said many professional gamblers hang onto high-value chips and stash them away as a means to stay off the books, away from the IRS.
Sometimes you need to get away from the place where you go to get away from it all.
Want to get away without going away this Valentine's Day.
Being away from home, especially being over a thousand miles away from home, is an exciting—but terrifying—experience.
Cancer has taken a true visionary away from us, but before he passed away, he changed everything.

In science:

Because UGC 12695 was thought to be fairly isolated, with the nearest galaxy (UGC 12687) lying more than 277 kpc away (Figure 1), it provides a good opportunity for studying star formation and evolution in LSB galaxies.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
The extension of the AdS/CFT correspondence to theories away from their conformal limit leads naturally to the issue of giving a dual description of RG flows.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
D(µ) = γ0 (∂0 + µ) + R , the µ-dependence of the fermion determinant can be gauged away by means of a time-dependent gauge transformation, i.e.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In terms of the effective partition function, the saddle point rotates away from U = 1, leading to a nonvanishing diquark condensate.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The bright z = 1.305 QSO only 12′ away from the HDF raises the northern HDF to nearly the same status as the HDF-S, which was selected to be proximate to a bright QSO.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field