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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 ?
Of the three zones of comparative luxuriance, the lower one owes its moisture, and therefore fertility, to its flatness; for, being scarcely raised above the level of the sea, the water from the higher land drains away slowly.
When the assembled PCB is run through reflow, the molten solder drains away through the barrel of the via and out the other side of the PCB.
Sandy soil is dry, because the water drains away too much.
By adjusting the pattern of water-conducting fibers and how they are stitched on each side of the fabric, the researchers can control where sweat is collected and where it drains away on the outside.
The hole drains away any water from rain or condensation before the lights can short out.
Water, in excess of the amounts that can be absorbed by the soil and held against the force of gravity, drains away. This action results in two phenomena; one good and the other not so beneficial.
Now she can only see shadows from her injured eye and it could be months before the swelling behind it goes down and blood drains away.
Furthermore, if rainfall is extremely high and the tank gets full, excess water drains away as normal.
Others become at risk because other developments alter how water drains away from a particular area.
Then make sure all your water drains away from your home.
When mum Lynn pops the kids in the family's new tub, the water rapidly drains away and leaves them covered in only BUBBLES.
The V-Jet Pig has a reservoir where fluid is stored for areas of the pipeline where fluid drains away. Circle #206 or click www.thru.to/pgj
Before planting a container, put a 5cm (2in) layer of drainage material such as broken crocks or pebbles in the base and keep the pot on bricks or pot feet so excess moisture drains away and it does not stand in a puddle.
In Norma, 2001, an arresting painting of a tourist boat chugging toward the viewer, the sea that keeps the boat afloat and that surges up around its prow drains away at the foot of the canvas, leaving a narrow margin of emptiness punctuated with broad stripes of color.
But with coincidence piled upon coincidence between a flimsy pair of Indian bookends too much emotion drains away.