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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 ?
After a time, it did not seem a short time either, for the draining away of one's blood, no matter how willingly it be given, is a terrible feeling, Van Helsing held up a warning finger.
We should have to apply to the council for permission to fully hard cover front drives as this stops water naturally draining away.
Water not draining away FOR the past few years I have enjoyed walking our dog and watching the boys playing soccer and rugby on the Lindley Moor playing field.
However, it is noticeable in his open letter that he mentions nothing about how ineffective the regions are, the player drain, and most worryingly of all, the low attendance levels at regional level, which suggests that support is slowly draining away from Welsh rugby.
It has to be resuscitated" Ex-Labour MP Tony Benn laments that the power and dignity of the House of Commons is draining away.
Boilers must be condensing by law, so millions of us are at risk of boiler failure because the external drainaway pipes on these systems freeze and stop liquid from draining away.
I don''t believe that enough has been done at the top to stop these increases because that is where the money is draining away.
Testfakta researcher Martin Hansson said: "We wanted to test which shirt is the best when it comes to performance - for example how well the shirts breathe; draining away the sweat and how easy or difficult it is to grip and hold the shirt.
One thing's for certain: it won't be draining away any time soon because all the gullies in every gutter are blocked with summer's detritus.
He said mosquitoes breed in pools of stagnant water, and this could be prevented by stopping any water leakage and draining away any stagnant pools at home such as potted plants.
All trace of a tan draining away into the tarmac the instant you land at Manchester.
Waste pipes from sinks, baths and showers can become blocked with hair, food and, worst of all, grease and animal fat, which solidifies as soon as it goes down the plug hole, clogging up the drainage pipes and preventing the water from draining away.
Roof gutters must also be cleaned out once a year to prevent cascading rain from pouring down from above instead of discretely draining away.
Two semi-detached properties, which both had concrete floors, preventing the water from draining away, were flooded up to a depth of five to six feet.
The draining away of life as age and the disease takes its final toll.