Definition of put something away in English:

put something away

phrasal verb

  • 1Save money for future use.

    ‘I put away some money every week’
    • ‘Not enough people are taking professional advice or putting sufficient money away to have an adequate retirement income.’
    • ‘You should decide in advance what you are saving for and how long you want to put the money away.’
    • ‘Rich retired people have taken to splashing out on themselves rather than putting their money away for their children, according to a new report.’
    • ‘We now have a granddaughter and we and her parents would like to put some money away for her future.’
    • ‘The obvious thing to do therefore is try to put some money away each month into a holiday account.’
    • ‘She is also trying to put some money away for university, where she hopes to study fashion.’
    • ‘They feel ‘What is the point in saving if I can get extra from the government without putting my own money away?’’
    • ‘Once debts are under control, it is advisable to take stock of your savings, and try to put some money away regularly for a rainy day.’
    • ‘They worked hard, and they tried to put a little money away so that their kids and their grandkids could have a better life.’
    • ‘We are spending most of what we save within weeks of putting it away for the future.’
    save, put aside, lay by, put by, lay aside, set aside, put to one side, reserve, keep in reserve, deposit, keep, store, stockpile, hoard, stow away, cache
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  • 2informal Consume food or drink in large quantities.

    ‘Did you see how much food he put away?’
    • ‘Having put a few drinks away, it wasn't hard to go and talk to her.’
    • ‘My wife managed to put away one of the desserts, while I stuck with a cappuccino.’
    • ‘I've managed to put away seven pints and six shots.’
    • ‘He looked as though he'd put a few drinks away, and his red nose suggested that that wasn't unusual for him.’
    • ‘I know for sure I can put away two burgers, fries, chili and a small soda easily.’
    eat, consume, devour, down, gobble up, bolt, wolf down, guzzle
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  • 3informal (in sport) dispatch or score a goal or shot.

    ‘I put away his lob’
    • ‘Wexford got two goal chances and put them away and at the end they were the scores that mattered.’
    • ‘I'll keep making those runs then eventually things will fall to me and hopefully I'll put a few goals away.’
    • ‘Although they enjoyed considerable possession at this point they simply couldn't put the scores away.’
    • ‘We have to start putting the goals away and start winning.’
    • ‘All six Bolton penalties were put away in style.’
    • ‘The goal he scored was down to our defending but he put the ball away and won United the game.’
    • ‘A controversial goal was put away by the visitors.’
    • ‘Their full back Piper put the goal away to give his side a three point lead.’
    • ‘Had he put it away, United would have finished a total of four points better off, Chelsea one point worse off.’
    • ‘He got one goal chance and he put it away with style and conviction.’