absent without leave


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absent without leave

Not present for a duty or situation without permission. The phrase is usually used in reference to military service, and is often abbreviated with the acronym "AWOL." The young soldier was arrested for being absent without leave.
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*absent without leave

absent from a military unit without permission; absent from anything without permission. (AWOL is an abbreviation. This is a serious offense in the military. *Typically: be ~; go ~.) The soldier was taken away by the military police because he was absent without leave.
See also: absent, leave, without

absent without leave

Away without permission or explanation, as in Her daughter went to the mall but got in trouble for being absent without leave. The term and its acronym, AWOL, originated in the American military during World War I for soldiers absent from duty without permission (leave). It later was transferred to civilian situations, as in John didn't just cut his Tuesday classes; he went AWOL.
See also: absent, leave, without
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Swift could have faced the more serious charge of desertion, which applies to soldiers absent without leave for more than 30 consecutive days.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said a 32-year-old woman was arrested on August 26 for allegedly perverting the course of justice and another on suspicion of assisting an offender to go absent without leave.
Pte Michael Cooper (19), of Smethwick, pleaded guilty to being absent without leave.
TWO runaway Army lovers who went absent without leave for seven months were today sentenced to detention and demoted in rank by a court martial panel.
Benjamin Frazier could not verify whether Myers was ever considered to be absent without leave.
We cannot track down these people, but the latest information we knew is before he went absent without leave, he reconverted to Islam,' on the influence of a fellow Muslim policeman from Basilan, but Dela Rosa was quick to clarify that converting to Islam is 'not a crime.
We shall miss Hansen's scolding of centre-backs pulled out of position, full-backs going absent without leave and zonal marking when he flies home to spend more time with his golf clubs.
A SOLDIER who went absent without leave as he was about to be deployed to Afghanistan has lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his nine-month sentence.
TWO privates who claim repeated bullying in their barracks drove them to go absent without leave are being helped by the mother of a soldier who died after an Army punishment exercise.
Lance Corporal Derek McGregor was being probed over allegations of the theft of drugs and "inappropriate" images being found on his computer after going absent without leave.
Soldiers are going absent without leave in droves following tours in Iraq because the Army will not take their mental problems seriously, a programme claims tonight.
But Smith admits he is still in the dark as to why the player chose to go absent without leave ahead of such a crucial game.
Gary was absent without leave from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in "rbeko, Germany, when the tragedy happened.
But when his stepfather, to whom he was very close, died Cardall took it very badly, and his reaction to that led to his discharge from the Army for going absent without leave.
Moshin Khan (24), a medic, was arrested and charged with going absent without leave from RAF Honington, Bury St Edmunds, after being called up in January.