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acronym Absent without leave. Having gone missing suddenly and without warning. It is originally a military phrase for one who leaves his or her post or duties without permission but without intention to desert. In colloquial usage, it can be used as an adverb or an adjective. The printer from the third floor is AWOL, does anyone know where it went? Jerry went AWOL after a few drinks. None of us even knew he had left until half an hour later.

*absent without leave

absent from a military unit without permission; absent from anything without permission. (AWOL is an abbreviation. This is a serious offense in the military. *Typically: be ~; go ~.) The soldier was taken away by the military police because he was absent without leave.
See also: absent, leave, without


to become absent without leave. (Originally military.) Private Smith went AWOL last Wednesday. Now he's in a military prison. Tom went AWOL and finally we had to fire him.
See also: AWOL

absent without leave

Away without permission or explanation, as in Her daughter went to the mall but got in trouble for being absent without leave. The term and its acronym, AWOL, originated in the American military during World War I for soldiers absent from duty without permission (leave). It later was transferred to civilian situations, as in John didn't just cut his Tuesday classes; he went AWOL.
See also: absent, leave, without


(e ˈdəblæju ˈo ˈɛl and ˈewɑl)
mod. absent without leave; escaped from prison or from the military. (Acronym or initialism.) If I don’t get back to the base, they’re going to think I’m AWOL.
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From a military-justice standpoint, AWOL and desertion are among the more complicated offenses because the maximum punishments change, depending on such variables as how long the soldier was absent, whether he came back voluntarily and why he went AWOL in the first place," said MAJ Steve Cullen, the 82nd Abn.
It is true there is a significant leap in AWOLs in 2010 and this almost certainly can be attributed to the Afghan tour, which came when the Taliban were unusually aggressive," the paper quoted a source, as saying.
A third of AWOL participants arrive through the juvenile justice system and 90% of those get off probation without new referrals to court, resulting in $500,000 in funding over the years.
Went AWOL in 2005 to resist Iraq deployment and has lived in Canada since.
Although all alcohol products sold in America must be federally approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), AWOL machines have yet to receive such approval.
The chair of the Hampton Town Committee is criticized by Tom McGuirk the town's AWOL state rep, thusly: "I feel as if was misled when I was asked to run by Gary Patton.
The soldier also forfeited 59 days pay for having been AWOL for two months and he may now face a court-martial.
Military police specialist Suzanne Swift on Wednesday was formally sentenced to 30 days in jail and reduced in rank back to private for staying AWOL in Oregon last winter while her unit was sent to Iraq.
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ELEVEN soldiers have gone AWOL from a Midland infantry since it was announced they would be returning to Iraq.
AWOL rates were lower than those of reunification and adoption, and remained relatively stable over time.
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Brilliantly narrated by Cara Pifko, technically flawless production values, and a strongly recommended addition to community library audiobook collections, A Complicated Kindness is Miriam Toews' deftly written novel about a teenage girl going AWOL in Mennonite Country which is now available in a 3-disc CD format with a total running time of four hours.
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