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take away

1. verb To remove something from its current location. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "away." The tow truck came and took the abandoned car away. Here, let me take away these empty plates.
2. verb To rescind someone's access to something, usually as a punishment. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "away." My parents took my video games away for getting an F on my last test. Charlie, I swear to God I will take away the TV for a month if you don't get out here and do your chores this instant!
3. verb To arrest, capture, or otherwise detain someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "away." The government has been taking away anyone who challenges its ironfisted rule. Tom Thompson, you are under arrest for the murder of Samantha Samson. Take him away! The kidnappers took our daughter away and are holding her for a $2 million ransom.
4. verb To bring someone with one to some place, especially a location that is or seems to be more exciting or romantic. A noun or pronoun is used between "take" and "away." Take me away with you, Roberto! Show me the adventure I've always longed for!
5. noun The main point, lesson, or piece of information that one derives or retains from something. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. I think the takeaway from this meeting is that we desperately need to improve efficiency.
6. noun Food from a restaurant that is picked up and taken home or somewhere else to be eaten. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. Primarily heard in UK. I don't feel like cooking tonight, do you want to just get a takeaway?
7. noun In sports (typically American football and hockey), an instance of gaining possession of the ball or puck from the other team through a turnover, such as a fumble or interception. As a noun, it is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. Cleveland is great at generating takeaways, especially against turnover-plagued teams.
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take it away

An invitation or instruction for someone to begin their performance. We've brought in a very talented young band to entertain you this evening. Take it away, girls! A: "For my audition, I will be singing a cover of 'Let it Be,' by The Beatles." B: "Wonderful. Take it away whenever you're ready."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take someone or something away (from someone or something)

to remove someone or something to some distance away from someone or something else; to remove someone or something from the possession of someone or something else. Take her away from me! Take away that horrible food.
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take something away (from someone or something)

to detract from someone or something. The bright costume on the soprano takes a lot away from the tenor, who is just as important. The main subject of the picture is good, but the busy background takes away a lot.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take away

1. To remove something: Someone took my books away. Can you take away the trash?
2. To have something as the effect of an experience: I did not take away a good impression of the way things are run there. He took away a black eye from that fight.
3. To take someone along to a new place: I wish you would take me away with you.
4. To arrest someone or send them to prison or another place of incarceration: The police were threatening to take me away, so I left the country. The police took away the suspects to the courthouse.
5. To awe someone; cause someone to be emotionally captivated: The final scene of the movie took me away.
6. To win something easily, by a wide margin, or dramatically: It was a tense series of games, but our team took it away in the end. That film took away five Oscars.
7. Chiefly British To buy food at a restaurant and take it somewhere else to eat: Let's take away some Chinese food for lunch.
8. take away from To detract from something: Drab curtains took away from the otherwise lovely room.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The new guidelines aim to balance the amount of retail, professional and financial services, social and community use and restaurants, bars and take-aways in a shopping area.
Even more crucial, the draft policy four states: "In order to avoid an over concentration of hot food take-aways within a town, district or neighbourhood centre, no more than ten per cent of units shall consist of hot food take-aways.
But we have to counter that need with the deleterious impact take-aways have on established shopping centres."
Labour Party activist and campaign co-ordinator Dr Rob Pocock said: "Residents and shopkeepers have campaigned long and hard for this, and now at long last the council is proposing set down legally enforceable standards for local shopping centres.'' Shopkeepers found that one out of five shops on Boldmere High Road was a take-away. There are also restaurants or pubs Birmingham's director of public health Jim McManus has previously called for restrictions on take-aways as a further weapon in the fight against obesity.
He said he had talked to the planning department to see what could be done to ''stop take-aways being set up or take action because they are not healthy''.
This example of four take-aways next to one another will not be permitted under new planning guidelines
Planning committee chairman Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Con, Weoley) said: "The thorny issue of how many take-aways we want in a parade is the key one.
In Boldmere Road, Gaby Amiel, whose Gaby's Travel Agency has been trading here since 1986, agrees that the parade has had its fill of take-aways.
I am talking to the cabinet member for planning about this, about if we can stop take-aways being set up or take action because they are not healthy."
In recent years the council's planning department has been unable to stem the tide of take-aways and even lost costly appeals over refusals.
Planning committee chairman Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Con Weoley) said: "The thorny issue of how many take-aways we want in a parade is the key one.
A document they may be looking at is an SPD on take-aways from Waltham Forest in Essex which imposes a draconian five per cent limit in most parades and a limit of no more than one within 400 metres of another.
A growing number of local campaigns have been springing up to take on the take-away and city planners are drawing up a new policy, a supplementary planning document, to give them more powers to refuse new outlets from setting up shop.
Every couple of weeks there are a slew of take-away planning applications and each time the objections roll in, not just from the direct competition.