go AWOL

go AWOL

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

go ˈAWOL

go missing without permission or explanation: He’s gone AWOL.The guitarist suddenly went AWOL in the middle of the tour.
This expression is used in the armed forces when someone has left their group without permission. It stands for Absent WithOut Leave.
See also: AWOL
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Responding to the unfounded messages from members of the public, his cousin Kara Louise Bowman said on Facebook: "We know he would never go Awol, he loves the army.
Martinez's camp - under namesake and current middleweight king Sergio - has stressed 'Mini Tyson' will not go AWOL before the clash or missing in action during it.
TWO privates who claim repeated bullying in their barracks forced them to go AWOL have been arrested, police said yesterday.
Abigail Watson, 32, of Cramlington, Northumberland, has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and a 29-year-old female member of staff was arrested for assisting an offender to go AWOL.
They feel directly threatened, and they're willing to go AWOL at work and risk their livelihood to demand fair treatment.
YOUNG Ireland keeper Saul Deeney conceded five goals playing for Notts County at home to Macclesfield in midweek - but his sense of humour didn't go AWOL.
Perhaps, by her efforts, Rose's calls for servicemen and women to go AWOL, she is trying to ensure that no other parents will suffer in the way she has.
PERSCOM officials said, too, that the number of soldiers who go AWOL could be considerably higher, because the cases of soldiers who are AWOL less than 30 days are not included in the statistics.
Odom, 20, was the second Clipper to go AWOL in as many practices.
I CANNOT believe Rose Gentle told the Record that her son Gordon's comrades should go AWOL rather than go back to Iraq.
FORGOTTEN man Alex Nyarko is threatening to go AWOL again - but this time it could be good news for the Blues.
Matt Macklin had to leave a law degree to turn professional and David Barnes had to go AWOL from the army.
They're shocked, simply shocked: If you think the Chicago Bulls had an office pool on how long it would take Dennis Rodman to go AWOL in L.
Take time out, go AWOL, see how much you're missed and wait for the offers to fly in.
Shepherd, who has ruled out a move for Southampton's England fullback Wayne Bridge, will be praying that unhappy Bernard doesn't go AWOL - as Didier Domi did before the club was forced to sell him.