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stow something away

to pack something away. I have to stow my clothes away before I go to bed. Please stow away your things and get right to work.
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stow away

to conceal oneself in a vehicle, originally a ship, in order to travel without paying. Don got to this country by stowing away on a cargo ship.
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stow away

1. Put aside or store something until needed, as in We generally stow away the lawn furniture in the toolshed. [Late 1700s]
2. Hide oneself aboard ship or in a vehicle in order to get free transportation, as in The youngsters planned to stow away on a freighter but they never even got to the waterfront . This usage gave rise to the noun stowaway. [Mid-1800s]
2. Greedily consume food or drink, as in Bob sure can stow away a lot in a short time. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
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stow away

v.
1. To put something away or store something, especially to keep a place uncluttered or in order: The platoon leader ordered the soldiers to stow away their sleeping bags and secure the campsite. My lawyer has stowed those papers away in a drawer somewhere.
2. To hide aboard a conveyance in order to obtain free transportation: Unable to afford tickets, the youths stowed away on a tanker.
3. To consume some food or drink greedily: For someone so tiny, you certainly stow away a lot of food! You must have liked that pork; you certainly stowed it away.
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It would be quite unusual for a boy of eight years to stow away and fly to Britain on his own.
TRAVELLERS abroad this summer are being urged to stow away the NHS Direct phone number in case health problems arise on holiday.
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STOW away on the Barry Manilow fans' bus in Cardiff tomorrow - they've paid pounds 100,000 to follow his UK tour.
If you are leaving your home for a long period of time, stow away small objects that could cause damage in high winds; anchor outdoor objects that cannot be brought inside.
But there will be few secrets to stow away from programs that mirror each other's success on a national scale.
And it is not unknown for someone to stow away in the boot of a car.
The researchers hope that the antisense molecules will kill any leukemia cells that stow away in the transplant material, says Bishop.
Lock and board up windows, stow away small objects that could
It's about three young houseflies who stow away aboard the Apollo 11 flight to the moon - before moaning about how rubbish their lives are and having affairs with their neighbours' husbands.
The incredible journey of Elmer Javier Licona, a pixieish 10-year-old with large, wide-set eyes, was cut short: He was caught Tuesday at Guadalajara's international airport while trying to stow away in an airliner's wheel well.