away vs a way :


  • s  not present; having left
    he's away right now
    you must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away
  • a  used of an opponent's ground
    an away game
  • s  (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter
    the pitch was away (or wide)
  • r  from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)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
  • r  from one's possession
    gave away the tickets
  • r  out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts)
    pushed all doubts away
  • r  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
  • r  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
  • r  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
  • r  so as to be removed or gotten rid of
    cleared the mess away
    the rotted wood had to be cut away
  • r  freely or at will
    fire away!
  • r  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
  • r  in a different direction
    turn away one's face
    glanced away
  • r  in reserve; not for immediate use
    has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day
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