put something away

put away

1. Literally, to put something into a designated place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "away." Kids, please put your toys away before dinner. I decided to put away all the decorations right after the party so I didn't have to do it the next day.
2. To stop focusing on or paying attention to something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "away." Put your worries away for the moment and just enjoy your time at the beach. You have to put away your stage fright and focus on playing the music.
3. To eat or drink the entirety of something, especially quickly or easily. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "away." Wow, that kid sure can put away his food! I can usually put away a bottle of wine by myself. I expect them to put that pizza away in five minutes.
4. slang To kill someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "away." The man said he'd put me away if I told anyone that I'd seen him burying the money in the field. The prosecutor is worried that they'll put away the witnesses before they can testify.
5. To bury someone. Because the ground is completely frozen, they won't be able to put my father away for at least another month.
6. To send someone to a prison or mental institution. They put the notorious gangster away for 40 years, with no chance of parole. Because they didn't understand the nature of schizophrenia at the time, my great-grandparents put my granny away when she was a little girl.
See also: away, put

put something away

tv. to eat something. Did you put away that whole pizza?
See also: away, put, something
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The operator is free to put something away where he pleases, but that location will be logged in the system.
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The idea is to put something away each month throughout your working life and build up a financial cushion to see you through old age and enable you to afford to continue your lifestyle.
It's funny I don't actually miss the money going out of my salary but one day, when I get it back, it will feel wonderful and I'll be so glad I put something away for my future.
It would be common sense and good discipline, but it's difficult for young people to find the cash to put something away for their retirement.
Such figures underscore the need to live within our means in retirement and even put something away.
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One said: "You will be asking those who have been prudent all their lives, and managed to put something away for their old age, to put their hands in their pockets yet again to pay for your budget cuts.
Many people, start too late because they think they don't make enough, but April says, "You can still put something away.
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They've been married for 60 years and worked hard as schoolteachers to support their own three kids and put something away for the future.
Are you sure you don't want to put something away for a rainy day?
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