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Awa'y. adv. [aƿᵹ, Saxon.]

  1. Absent.

                            They could make
    Love to your dress, although your face were away.
    Ben Johnson's Catiline.

    It is impossible to know properties that are so annexed to it, that any of them being away, that essence is not there. Locke.

  2. From any place or person.

    I have a pain upon my forehead here ———
    — Why that's with watching; 'twill away again.
    Shakesp. Othello.

    When the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abraham drove them away again. Gen. xv. 11.

    Would you youth and beauty stay,
    Love hath wings, and will away.

    Summer suns roll unperceiv'd away. Pope.

  3. Let us go.

    Away, old man; give me thy hand; away;
    King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta'en;
    Give me thy hand. Come on.
    Shakesp. King Lear.

  4. Begone.

    Away, and glister like the god of war,
    When he intendeth to become the field.
    Shakesp. King John.

    I'll to the woods among the happier brutes:
    Come, let's away; hark, the still horn resounds.
    Smith's Phædra and Hippolitus.

                    Away, you flatt'rer!
    Nor charge his gen'rous meaning.
    Rowe's Jane Shore.

  5. Out of one's own hands; into the power of something else.

    It concerns every man, who will not trifle away his soul, and fool himself into irrecoverable misery, to enquire into these matters. Tillotson.

  6. It is often used with a verb; as, to drink away an estate; to idle away a manor; that is, to drink or idle till an estate or manor is gone.

    He play'd his life away. Pope.

  7. On the way; on the road: perhaps this is the original import of the following phrase.

    Sir Valentine, whither away so fast? Sh. T. G. of Verona.

  8. Perhaps the phrase, he cannot away with, may mean he cannot travel with; he cannot bear the company.

    She never could away with me. —— Never, never: she would always say, she could not abide master Shallow. Shakesp. Henry IV.

  9. Away with. Throw away; take away.

            If you dare think of deserving our charms,
    Away with your sheephooks, and take to your arms.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Shakespeare's King John (43) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Rowe, Nicholas (21) · Smith, Edmund (7) · Tillotson, John (68) · Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona (41) · Waller, Edmund (63)

Attributes: Adverb (147) · Saxon (215)

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