spirit away(redirected from spiriting him a tale)
To take, sneak, or carry someone or something away in a mysterious, secretive, or furtive manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spirit" and "away." Often used in passive constructions. Someone spirited away the suspect just before he was due to be arraigned in court. Evidence of the politician's involvement in the scandal appears to have been spirited away.
spirit someone or something away (somewhere)
to sneak someone or something away to another place. The police spirited the prisoner away before the crowd assembled in front of the jail. They spirited away the celebrity.
Carry off mysteriously or secretly, as in The police found that the documents had been spirited away from the office. This term derives from the noun spirit, in the sense of "a supernatural being such as a ghost." [Second half of 1600s]
To carry someone or something off mysteriously or secretly: The lawyers spirited away the documents. In the folktale, an old giant spirited the children away.