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carry away

1. To cause one to become overly engrossed in one's enthusiasm, excitement, etc., to the point of making an excessive display of it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "away." Sorry to ramble for so long—the subject of art just carries me away!
2. To steal something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "away." I think someone carried away our new porch furniture—it's nowhere in sight! Ethel forgot to put that expensive necklace in the safe, and one of the party guests carried it away.
3. To physically move someone or something away from a certain location. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "away." Luckily, the lifeguard was able to rescue Dan after the current carried him away.
See also: away, carry
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

carry someone or something away

to take or steal someone or something. Someone carried our lawn furniture away while we were on vacation. The kidnappers carried away the child when no one was looking.
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carry someone away

[for someone or something] to cause a person to lose control. The excitement of the parade carried us all away. The fervor of the speech carried away the whole crowd.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

carry away

Move or excite greatly. This expression is usually used in the passive, be carried away, as in The eulogy was so touching we were carried away, or Take it easy; don't get carried away and overdo. [Late 1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

carry away

v.
1. To pick something up and move away with it: The garbage collectors carried away the trash. I forgot to tie the canoe to the dock, and the river carried it away.
2. To steal something: The looters carried away everything in the store. The thieves carried the diamonds away.
3. To be moved to excess or be greatly excited. Used chiefly in the passive: The lovers were carried away by desire. Don't get carried away with the frosting; we need to save some for the other cake.
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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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References in classic literature ?
Gourville gave Pellisson the five hundred thousand livres." Take care the wind does not carry you away," said the abbe; "what a responsibility.
Songs such as "All the Dead Little People,'' "Very Happy Now'' and "Trans-Slambovian Bi-Polar Express'' have lovely melodies, the kind you can let carry you away. The Grand Slambovians perform at 8 p.m.
For pounds 22 it aims to carry you away to an Andalusian garden with its scent of citrus fruits, orange and jasmine blossoms and cedar wood.
When God saw that you were tired a year ago today He sent Dad down to fetch you and carry you away.
Open a gate for for the huntsman, the story goes, and you give him the power to carry you away to eternal damnation.
Water weighs 100 times as much as air hence the kinetic energy of moving water is that much greater than air - for instance a 5mph wind is a gentle breeze on your cheek; water moving at the same speed would carry you away.