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drain away

1. To flow or move away from something, as of a liquid. Don't worry, once the rain stops, all of this water will drain away from the sidewalk.
2. To cause a liquid to flow or move away from something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drain" and "away." I had to drain the broth away from the noodles to get my daughter to eat the soup.
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drain something away

(from something ) to channel some liquid away from something. Drain all of the standing water away from the foundation of the house. Drain away the water from the foundation.
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drain away

[for something] to flow away. All the water drained away and exposed the mud and rocks on the bottom of the pond. When the water drained away, we found three snapping turtles in the bottom of the pond.
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References in classic literature ?
On the other hand, the proximity of an army causes prices to go up; and high prices cause the people's substance to be drained away.
When their substance is drained away, the peasantry will be afflicted by heavy exactions.
Two years did Elizabeth and I know the love that passeth all understanding, and day by day the chestnut upon her head was more and the gold less, till the day came that she had prophesied, and with the day a little child, whose hair had stolen all her mother's gold, as her heart had drained away her mother's life.
It might not have stopped the terrible flooding that we have had, but it would have drained away a lot faster.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: The Ogallala aquifer is being drained away, a coral reef off the Texas coast is the scene of a mass marine life die-off and an interview with Paul Choules of the Texas Desalination Association.
In a press statement, PPP Chairman asked the relevant authorities to ensure that rain water is drained away within shortest possible time.
They have nothing to connect them with the watching millions who are having essential services cut, and are being forced to rely on food banks, or seeing their life's savings drained away by increased fuel and food costs?
The water has drained away, after rivers flooded several villages in the Vidin region, causing only material damage.
Pricking and slitting are best carried out once the excess water has drained away, especially where machinery is to be used.
And he warned confusion over the issue had "drained away" public support for independence.
However, the ground report by Arcadia Group (commissioned by Kirklees) clearly indicates that two out three trial soak-away pits dug on the site filled up rather than drained away.
Summary: BELFAST, Northern Ireland: Frustration and fears of disease mounted in Northern Ireland Wednesday as 36,000 people were left without water after much of the supply drained away through broken pipes following a deep freeze and a sudden thaw.In many towns and cities water supplies were cut off and residents turned to emergency water tankers and bottled water for their cooking
The river that feeds the Dead Sea is being drained away for farming and other human activities.
While pressuring government to institute these measures we can all make a difference, making sure energy isn't drained away by power outlets left on standby when not in use and support local councils in efforts to have Energy Australia adopt lower-cost, more energy-efficient street lighting.