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on vacation

away, taking time off work; on holiday. Where are you going on vacation this year? I'll be away on vacation for three weeks.
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take a vacation

to go somewhere for a vacation; to stop work to have a vacation. Sue took a vacation at the Grand Canyon last year. I need to take a vacation and relax.
See also: take, vacation


n. a prison sentence. (Underworld.) It was a three-year vacation, with time off for good behavior.
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On day, however, when the autumn was far advanced and the vacation drawing to a close, I received a telegram from my friend imploring me to return to Donnithorpe, and saying that he was in great need of my advice and assistance.
With this disappointment I gave up all hope of getting out of the town of Hampton for my vacation work.
I economized in every way that I could think of--did my own washing, and went without necessary garments--but still I found my summer vacation ending and I did not have the sixteen dollars.
At the end of my second year at Hampton, by the help of some money sent me by my mother and brother John, supplemented by a small gift from one of the teachers at Hampton, I was enabled to return to my home in Malden, West Virginia, to spend my vacation.
I spent nearly the whole of the first month of my vacation in an effort to find something to do by which I could earn money to pay my way back to Hampton and save a little money to use after reaching there.
Before the end of the vacation she gave me some work, and this, together with work in a coal-mine at some distance from my home, enabled me to earn a little money.
His vacation had consumed nearly all he had earned in the laundry, and he was so far from his market that weeks must elapse before he could hope for the first returns from his hack-work.
Teacher and taught were alike glad when the term was ended and the glad vacation days stretched rosily before them.
But you've done good work this past year," Miss Stacy told them on the last evening, "and you deserve a good, jolly vacation.
That evening Owen Ford told them that he had finished his book and that his vacation must come to an end.
Vacation begins on the first of January and ends on the last day of December.
And that vacation begins on the first of January and ends on the thirty-first of December?
Why, we're takin' an unendin' vacation, an' makin' a good livin' at the same time.
I took a vacation when I bought," he explained, "and planted the trees.
But each vacation he brought home larger and larger drawings with the satiny rendering of landscape, and water-colors in vivid greens, together with manuscript books full of exercises and problems, in which the handwriting was all the finer because he gave his whole mind to it.