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put away

1. Literally, to put something into a designated place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "away." Kids, please put your toys away before dinner. I decided to put away all the decorations right after the party so I didn't have to do it the next day.
2. To stop focusing on or paying attention to something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "away." Put your worries away for the moment and just enjoy your time at the beach. You have to put away your stage fright and focus on playing the music.
3. To eat or drink the entirety of something, especially quickly or easily. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "away." Wow, that kid sure can put away his food! I can usually put away a bottle of wine by myself. I expect them to put that pizza away in five minutes.
4. slang To kill someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "away." The man said he'd put me away if I told anyone that I'd seen him burying the money in the field. The prosecutor is worried that they'll put away the witnesses before they can testify.
5. To bury someone. Because the ground is completely frozen, they won't be able to put my father away for at least another month.
6. To send someone to a prison or mental institution. They put the notorious gangster away for 40 years, with no chance of parole. Because they didn't understand the nature of schizophrenia at the time, my great-grandparents put my granny away when she was a little girl.
See also: away, put

put someone away

 
1. Sl. to kill someone. (Underworld.) The gangster threatened to put me away if I told the police. They've put away witnesses in the past.
2. Euph. to bury someone. My uncle died last week. They put him away on Saturday. They put away my uncle in the cold ground.
3. and send someone away Euph. to have someone put into a mental institution. My uncle became irrational, and they put him away. They put away my aunt they ear before.
4. and send someone away Euph. to sentence someone to prison for a length of time. (Underworld.) They put Richard away for fifteen years. The judge put away the whole gang.
See also: away, put

put something away

 
1. Lit. to return something to its proper storage place. When you are finished with the hammer, please put it away. Don't leave it out. Put away this mess!
2. Fig. to eat something. Are you going to put this last piece of cake away? Did you put away that whole pizza?
See also: away, put

put away

1. Place in a designated spot for storage; also, place out of reach. For example, Please put away your clothes, or This young tennis player can really put away the ball. Also see set aside, def. 1.
2. Renounce, discard, as in Put away all those negative thoughts. [Late 1300s]
3. Consume quickly, ingest readily, as in He put away his dinner in just a few minutes. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
4. Confine to a mental health facility, as in The doctor said we had to put her away. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
5. Kill, as in The vet put our old cat away. [Colloquial; late 1500s]
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put away

v.
1. To put something in a place where it is kept when not in use: Remember to put away the milk when you are finished with it. Please put your toys away.
2. To stop thinking about something: Put that old daydream away and use your imagination. We put away our fear of losing and just concentrated on doing our best.
3. To eat or drink something completely, readily, and quickly: They put away two bottles of wine over lunch. I ordered a large pizza and put it away in five minutes.
4. To confine to a prison, mental health facility, or other institution: If you get caught stealing again, they will put you away. The judicial system puts away both drug dealers and drug users.
5. To bury someone: They put the preacher away in that cemetery next to the church.
See also: away, put

put someone away

1. tv. to put someone in prison for a long time. (Underworld.) They put Bart away for fifteen years.
2. tv. to knock someone unconscious. One tap on the head and I put him away.
3. tv. to kill someone. (Underworld.) The gangster threatened to put me away if I told the police.
See also: away, put, someone

put something away

tv. to eat something. Did you put away that whole pizza?
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And, if you can put away $100 each month and earn 10 percent, you'll be on your way to becoming a millionaire:
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Smith suggests writing down a list of clearly defined priorities that encompass all your financial objectives: How much do you need to put away to send your children to college?
If you have not used up your ISA allowance this year, put away as much as you can (as long as it is not more than pounds 7,000 before April 5) into an Individual Savings Account.
And they may have to put away money every month or risk having rates cut.
It was not as if the Clippers had a distinct run to put away the game, but they slowly pulled away and never found themselves in danger.
com, make it mandatory to put away a portion of your income for savings and investments--as much as 15% in addition to the money you invest in your company's 401(k).
The societies offer savings bonds which allow anyone aged up to 70 to put away pounds 25 a month or a one-off pounds 270 a year for at least 10 years tax-free.
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A parent, Emma Banuelos, watched her son as he put away his paintbrush.
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Savers will need to put away a lot more than the pounds 1-a-month minimum allowed by Virgin.
Accuracy has continued to climb as the older inventory is sold and new inventory is put away using paperless methods.
Put away his father's many unpublished works, and few successes - such as the script he co-wrote for the 1972 film, ``Where Does It Hurt?