plane away

plane away

To grind, erode, or shave something until it has been totally removed (from something), leaving a smooth surface behind. Originally reserved for references to the carpenter's tool known as a "plane," the phrase is often applied to anything that has a smoothing or erosive force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "plane" and "away." This is just a rough cut of the timber—I still need to plane the imperfections away. The harsh weather planed away the names of those buried in the cemetery from their headstones.
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plane something away

to smooth off bumps or irregularities with a plane. Please plane the bumps away so that the board is perfectly smooth. Sam planed away the bumps.
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I really want to drive the plane away and stay back.
7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The mysterious illness that kept a plane away from the terminal after some passengers reported feeling sick has been confirmed as the flu, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Insisting on jets for her nannies, cook, trainer and stylist, she once reportedly sent a plane away because it had no room for her luggage.
Several papers praised the pilot, Smail Doucene, citing witnesses who said he had managed to steer the plane away from nearby homes.
The defense ministry-linked Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper reported that Russian jets were scrambled at one point to chase a foreign plane away.
It also has a good jamming-resistant capacity that keeps the plane away from enemy's electronic interference.'
"He's actually 13/14 hours in a plane away from his wife.
Putting the plane away in its hangar, I felt more fatigued than I should have been after two relatively short and easy hops, effects of the turbulence notwithstanding.
One of the busiest departures of the week is the flight to Dhaka in Bangladesh, and customer service agents Carrie-Anne and Selina bravely step up to the plate in order to get the passengers boarded and the plane away on time.
By Nick Lavigueur Reporter nick@examiner.co.uk A PILOT steered his plane away from Huddersfield golfers before crashing.
Karen Miles-Holdaway, 48, said: "The pilot took the plane away from the houses.
We landed and put the plane away. Over a couple of beers we joked about such a friendly controller, such empty skies, and why were we so worried about any congestion.
The paper quoted one of the passengers on the Airbus 340 plane, due to make a flight from the Nigerian city to Istanbul, as saying only a quick decision by officials to hurriedly tow the plane away from the burning truck saved it from being incinerated.
told Fox News that the rebels had used chainsaws to dismantle the nose cone and front sections of the Boeing 777 and had carted some pieces of the plane away."
Duterte told reporters she wanted to find out when the managements of airport and Cebu Pacific would actually tow the plane away as it has been causing flight cancellations since Sunday.