Definition of away in English:



  • 1To or at a distance from a particular place or person.

    ‘she landed badly, and crawled away’
    ‘they walked away from the vicarage in silence’
    ‘we'll only be away for four nights’
    • ‘I rolled over on the air mattress and pushed us away from the edge of the pool.’
    • ‘She huffed and pushed her hair away from her face, which only made him want to kiss her.’
    • ‘In the same way in a pub a ventilation system bringing in fresh air over the bar will push smoke away from staff.’
    • ‘He was ordered not to communicate with Frost in any way and to stay away from four named people.’
    • ‘It was only then that the police stepped in, as they pushed the crowd away from the two lawyers.’
    • ‘They will never see him again, for he plans to crawl away from the public eye and die.’
    • ‘He tried to give her a kiss on the cheek but she resisted his advance and pushed him away from her face briskly.’
    • ‘It moves out of my reach, as if some unseen hand has pushed the cigarettes away from me.’
    • ‘I crawled away from the mess and moved toward the door at the back of the stage.’
    • ‘Residents from four neighbouring houses spent a night away from their homes as the house was sealed off.’
    • ‘Several of the injured kids began to cry out in pain or crawl away from the gun shots.’
    • ‘I tried to explain that I had a booking, but they kept pushing me away from the door.’
    • ‘He also saw three or four masked men scurry away from the bank under cover of the smoke.’
    • ‘She crawled away from him so fast he was afraid she would go too far and fall off the bed.’
    • ‘The policeman refused to answer and instead pinned my arms behind my back and pushed me away from him.’
    • ‘Afterwards it was Accies who had pushed up the table away from their hosts.’
    • ‘I picked at the vegetables, ate the potato, and then pushed the plate away from me.’
    • ‘To his surprise the baby quickly struggled out and started crawling away from them.’
    • ‘In response, the girl just cowered away from him, crawling backwards on her hands and knees.’
    • ‘Local people were hoping for a change in the wind to push the slick away from the coast.’
    aside, off, to one side
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    1. 1.1 At a specified distance.
      ‘when he was ten or twelve feet away he stopped’
      ‘we have had patients from as far away as Wales’
      • ‘Bus passengers prefer to wait under the hot sun, a good distance away from the waiting sheds.’
      • ‘He could see Cale's light hair even in the dark, and was about a few feet away when he stopped, hearing a noise.’
      • ‘I ended up in Dyce, which is a nice part of the town, granted, but it's about four miles away from my house.’
      • ‘They made off in the postmaster's car, which was discovered a short distance away.’
      • ‘I saw the cardboard blow apart as the flash went off about ten feet away.’
      • ‘It is true that both the building, its immediate surroundings, and the pond are some distance away from the road.’
      • ‘They managed to catch Power a short distance away and asked him what he had been doing.’
      • ‘The force of the impact led to the Astra ending up four metres away from where the collision happened.’
      • ‘Many lived a great distance away from any village or town and so were unable to attend regular school.’
      • ‘He stopped a foot away, leaning against a lamp pole and sending out the aura of something set to kill.’
      • ‘A little distance away from them was an elderly gentleman accompanied by his wife.’
      • ‘A woman sitting in the living room of a neighbouring house had a lucky escape when the lorry stopped just feet away from her.’
      • ‘Princes Street, just a short distance away, had to endure only a few tens of thousand shoppers due to the bad weather!’
      • ‘The offenders left in the waiting Honda, which was found abandoned a short distance away on Percival Walk.’
      • ‘I said nothing until I reached her, stopping a few feet away, out of the reach of her hands.’
      • ‘He stopped a foot away and bent into a bow to look down at her, smooth eyes twinkling.’
      • ‘Some students move in and then realise the nearest bus stop is three miles away.’
      • ‘Once they were a good distance away from it they watched as the rest of the plane blew up.’
      • ‘I then looked to my right and saw that I was about ten feet away from a bus stop.’
      • ‘St Andrews travellers can, and do, access the rail network at Leuchars, only a short distance away.’
    2. 1.2 At a specified future distance in time.
      ‘the wedding is only weeks away’
      • ‘By the time she reaches the plant, a two-hour drive away, she has fallen silent.’
      • ‘A future more than ten minutes away doesn't really exist for a three year old.’
      • ‘With the referendum over whether we want an elected mayor only a few weeks away, the debate continues.’
      • ‘Then there are areas with great potential for the future such as genetics but that potential is years away.’
      • ‘Only from behind a desk hundreds of miles and four decades away from the action.’
      • ‘It was a hard shoot because we were basically housed in a small village about four hours away from Shanghai.’
      • ‘With a World Cup just months away, England are determined to finish this Six Nations' campaign on a high.’
      • ‘First blood went to Ripon in the month's relegation battle with the return fixture two weeks away.’
      • ‘The whole season though was only four minutes away from a most traumatic outcome possible.’
      • ‘They stay around for the free junkets and spend the associations' money when they are three to four days away from home.’
    3. 1.3 Towards a lower level; downwards.
      ‘in front of them the land fell away to the river’
      • ‘She turned to look back and stepped in an empty space where the board had fallen away.’
      • ‘Two or three years ago we might've fallen away, but this team has a bit of steeliness in it.’
      • ‘Southward the land drops away to a vast plain suitable for livestock and plantation farming.’
      • ‘After making a promising start to the season, they have fallen away badly.’
      • ‘It is proposed to put kinetic fencing in place on the hillside to prevent anymore land sliding away.’
      • ‘All of these have fallen away like a plane flying along with the bits coming off it.’
      • ‘It was rotting, like the rest of the building, and parts of the wood had fallen away completely.’
      • ‘The walls had fallen away but the wheel remained, a perfect prop for photography.’
      • ‘Continue north from Froswick and the land falls steeply away on both sides of the ridge.’
      • ‘Of course, since they were temporary they have long fallen away to expose the disintegrating molars below.’
      • ‘At the bottom, a tall rift dropped away from the far side of a small chamber and we dived into it at different levels to find the way on.’
      • ‘My faith in my own country has fallen away drastically over the last ten years.’
      • ‘They following year it went up to 4,633 but has fallen away gradually ever since.’
      • ‘We've had good starts for the past couple of years but fallen away after Christmas.’
    4. 1.4 Conceptually to one side, so as no longer to be the focus of attention.
      ‘the Museum has shifted its emphasis away from research towards exhibitions’
      • ‘I shift my focus away from me and my material to each of the students and what they need.’
      • ‘He endures it for as long as he can before again turning his attention away from the road.’
      • ‘It is sometimes helpful to distract attention away from the treatment.’
      • ‘It seems like they are trying to draw attention away from the fact that the accompanying album is actually not very good.’
      • ‘Tom was forcing me to shift focus away from the one person that I loved most and I loathed him for it.’
      • ‘And if it is done with enough pizzazz, it can divert attention away from their own failings at home.’
      • ‘She said the tragedy of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers had diverted world focus away from both.’
      • ‘Further, it has the potential to skew the focus of the inquiry away from what is really in issue.’
      • ‘Criticising PETA is a red herring that people use to shift the focus away from themselves.’
      • ‘The audacious stunts often end up diverting attention away from the group's cause.’
      • ‘People need be entertained to take their attention away from conflict.’
      • ‘It also draws attention away from the very considerable amounts of extra tax the Government is raising.’
      • ‘I doubt there is anything the others can do to wrest this focus away from her.’
      • ‘There is a danger that writers like these can draw attention away from more sophisticated and substantial work.’
      • ‘This drew attention away from the whole and focused it on the part, as all empiricist research tends to do.’
      • ‘The detective can't be allowed to draw too much attention away from the core of the story.’
      • ‘It moved the focus away from tourists and sought to establish the firm as an international fragrance house.’
      • ‘Third, most crucially, acts of terror divert the attention of the masses away from collective action.’
      • ‘We found problem gamblers were able to shift their intense focus away from the gambling task.’
      • ‘Often, such diversions are to direct attention away from some other story or crisis.’
      aside, off, to one side
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    5. 1.5 (with reference to a sports fixture) at the opponents' ground.
      ‘Oh what fun it is to see the Mariners win away’
      ‘we are away to Morecambe on Saturday’
      • ‘We just need a win tonight at Albania and then beat the Germans away.’
      • ‘It's quite simple, you play everybody home and away in the league and whoever's top at the end wins.’
      • ‘We went away to Northwich and knew if we had won we would have been promoted, but it was a lot better to win at home in front of our fans.’
      • ‘And we will then expect to beat them when they come to us so winning away is a big advantage.’
      • ‘They quickly need to turn draws into wins at home and start to turn defeats into draws away.’
      • ‘Yeadon have still to play Idle away in the league so the ball is very much in their own court at the moment.’
      • ‘We won away only once last season so to win away this season is to get a monkey off our back.’
  • 2Into an appropriate place for storage or safekeeping.

    ‘he put away the pistol’
    • ‘At present, no one can be sure how much of York's heritage is locked away for safe-keeping.’
    • ‘Ray's collection could be worth £1m at auction and is so valuable most of it is locked away in a bank vault.’
    • ‘By her own choice, she's kept the money locked away and given herself an allowance.’
    • ‘The upshot of this is that much of my stuff is locked away in the office till Monday.’
    • ‘With the last chapter of the seventh and final book already locked away in a secret location, she also knows his fate.’
    • ‘As she begins to find herself, she learns to actually wear the cool shoes she has locked away.’
    • ‘In the mean time, your car will be safely locked away at the Metro Police pound.’
    • ‘Does this mean that there is a good twin, locked away in an attic somewhere?’
    • ‘Having locked away the disks, the clerk gave the key back to Mr Collery and went home.’
    • ‘Locked away inside, he can create up to 144 gallons of ale, three times a week.’
    • ‘There was no TV and my dad used to torment us by saying that there was one but that it was locked away.’
    • ‘What ever excuse the school uses to lock away a child's inhaler is no excuse in my book.’
    • ‘The start of the race was delayed in comic style with Oxford unable to get back into their team bus where their kit was locked away.’
    • ‘The horn is normally locked away under tight security at an undisclosed location in Ripon.’
    • ‘The owner of the fossil kept it locked away in a bank vault so no one has ever been able to verify it - until now.’
    • ‘During its history the room was used for prayer, as secure storage to lock away treasures and as a Royal guest room.’
    • ‘And so they were locked away in a chest in a small room of Edinburgh Castle, and forgotten.’
    • ‘Then, finally, they had a copy in mint condition which they kept locked away.’
    • ‘Police have urged parents not to buy the guns for their children, or at the very least to keep them locked away.’
    at a distance, apart, isolated
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  • 3Into non-existence.

    ‘Marie felt her distress ebbing away’
    • ‘Before the cheers have so much as died away the anthem starts up again.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this creativity died away and left us with the band we know today.’
    • ‘But the surprise in his eyes soon faded to sadness, and the sadness ebbed away to emptiness.’
    • ‘Their best spell, at the end of the first half, ebbed away without a chance.’
    • ‘None of the businesses qualified as charities of course, so the Minute Pools died away.’
    • ‘Of course, all those customs have died away and are not the custom in these days of fully and plenty for all.’
    • ‘They both left, though, and the run of success ebbed away.’
    • ‘My confidence in my exam technique ebbed rapidly away when I did my Prelims.’
    • ‘The train felt glum and groggy, as if the energy of Manhattan was draining away the further north we travelled.’
    • ‘As the Labour cheers died away, he opted for what he hoped would be a measured but lethal attack.’
    • ‘They were three points clear with time ebbing away when they began to panic and concede silly frees.’
    • ‘And yet we let it rot away and die without ever tapping into the stories our elders have to tell.’
    • ‘Over the next 28 days that hope gradually ebbed away, until their worst fears were confirmed.’
    • ‘He runs out of air and ever so slowly gets suffocated and finally dies away.’
    • ‘The breathtaking colour drains away, and you are left with something insipid at best.’
    • ‘It has been sad to watch the three of them, once vital forces, ebb slowly away before our eyes.’
    • ‘Now, in a quiet moment beneath the stand as the noise and the chaos dies away, there is room for nothing but joy and relief.’
    • ‘With progress here, those behind the terrorist attacks would find their support draining away.’
    • ‘In Rabbit at Rest, it is the Pan Am plane over Lockerbie that is uppermost in Rabbit's mind as his life ebbs away.’
    • ‘Then the laugh died away in her throat as they started kissing seriously.’
    elsewhere, abroad, not at home, not here, gone, absent
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  • 4Constantly, persistently, or continuously.

    ‘there was Morrissey crooning away’
    • ‘Most smokers know they will get lung cancer, but they continue puffing away.’
    • ‘There are continuous attempts to chip away at abortion rights, especially in the US.’
    • ‘I envisioned holding still for several seconds while a camera shutter clicked away.’
    • ‘The London continued to struggle away, with only one win on their travels in the League this season.’
    • ‘Thankfully, the support staff I use gave me the confidence to continue to work away.’
    • ‘He is constantly picking away at the scab of his own dissatisfaction.’
    • ‘Like shrieking teenage girls, they gathered around her and clicked away on their mobile phone cameras.’
    • ‘She's patting his head now, continuing to jabber away in her foreign language.’
    • ‘Oblivious to their visitor, they continued to jab away at their mother's underside.’
    • ‘Within a few minutes I am clicking away to photographic fame and fortune on my Sony digicam.’
    • ‘Why do we continue to toil away so very eagerly at creating our own unhappiness?’
    • ‘But he was much more than a mere snapshotter, clicking away to general annoyance.’
    • ‘The Tories will continue to hack away at the British state, handing more and more to the private sector.’
    • ‘You read a cracking post, hover for a while but click away before commenting?’
    • ‘What has made things worse is the euro signs clicking away in the eyes of anyone who is working on the Games.’
    • ‘This isn't to say that philosophers won't continue to worry away at the problem.’
    • ‘Prawn boats still continue to plod away with very little change in prices or quality.’
    • ‘Not nearly as many as have crooned away to it at the kitchen sink of a Sunday morn as one of Steve Wright's love songs, I bet.’
    • ‘Prawn trawlers were still continuing to plod away with most of the old problems still there.’
    • ‘Then there's a scene where Chesty is interrupted by a mobster clicking away in his office.’


  • 1(of a sports fixture) played at the opponents' ground.

    ‘tomorrow night's away game at Leicester’
    ‘an away victory’
    • ‘Their fate may well hinge on rearranged home and away fixtures with Hull Road Park next week.’
    • ‘But a seventh away win of the season at Vale Park will fire them back into the thick of it.’
    • ‘We wanted to win the match and are disappointed to concede two away goals.’
    • ‘Draw specialists Barnsley are unbeaten in two months but City are chasing an eighth away win.’
    • ‘As with all away match tickets they will be on sale to season ticket holders and members for a period of time and then go on general sale.’
    • ‘Aireborough recorded an excellent away victory over third placed Knaresborough on Saturday.’
    • ‘One of the aims of the Harrogate Minstermen is to offer regular and affordable travel to away fixtures.’
    • ‘But when he was playing I used to go to all of his home games and the odd away match too.’
    • ‘Now it seems likely that the newcomers will be forced to complete their programme on away or neutral grounds.’
    • ‘The point between has occurred because Terry has played one more away fixture than Tony.’
    • ‘Battling Belle Vue were denied the chance of their first away Elite League win of the season by a late Ipswich surge.’
    • ‘However, they have failed to win a single away game this season so far.’
    • ‘Kendal County's away match at Ambleside was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.’
    • ‘Also, United are unbeaten at home this season while Liverpool are still seeking a first away win.’
    • ‘City are once again trying to bounce straight back from a home defeat by claiming their third away win in a row.’
    • ‘The move follows a dramatic drop in football violence by Millwall fans at home and away matches.’
    • ‘After all, it's not every week that I can celebrate an excellent Tranmere away win!’
    • ‘Since Christmas they have lost all three of their home league games, but won four and drawn one of their away matches.’
    • ‘Look back over the last nine away wins and City have only once managed to follow up with a victory at Valley Parade.’
    • ‘But there are no more fears on that score after City notched up their fourth away win in five.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting a sports team that is playing at the opponents' ground.
      ‘the away side scored first’
      ‘away fans chanted and cheered’
      • ‘Although the away side started brightly, West Ham recorded the first big opportunity on goal.’
      • ‘Football clubs around the world segregate away supporters in small sections of the stadium away from home supporters.’
      • ‘The next time you attend a high-profile match as an away supporter, be sure to carry proof of your identity.’
      • ‘A large crowd, including 5,000 away fans, are expected at the game in what is sure to be an entertaining clash between two attacking teams needing the points.’
      • ‘United haven't looked that special - they rarely did last season despite being crowned champions - but they are far more assured than the away side.’
      • ‘Tickets for away fans are at the lower end of the price range.’
      • ‘NSW's strong start spells real danger for WA, as no away team has won the Shield final since 2004-05.’
      • ‘Just like how the game went in Buffalo, the away team left yesterday's Winter Classic with a win in the shootout.’
      • ‘There was a lot of positives for the away side aside from the win with the obvious one being Hazard's individual brilliance.’
      • ‘Things went from bad to worse as Cristiano Ronaldo bagged two more goals for the away side.’
      • ‘My dad stopped going in the '80s because scary away fans brought hooligans.’


  • An away match or win.

    • ‘The two homes, Dundee United and Aberdeen, are difficult enough, and the three aways are Dundee, Rangers and a resurgent Motherwell.’
    • ‘This year there's three big aways - Rome, Dublin, and Cardiff.’
    • ‘Oviedo haven't been able to find the net in 10 away visits and may soon be vying for the record run of scoreless aways in Spain, currently standing at 12 matches.’
    • ‘It certainly will prove a stark contrast to recent league aways the Hatters have enjoyed at the likes of Molineux, Maine Road and Hillsborough.’


Old English onweg, aweg ‘on one's way’ (see a-, way).