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spirit away

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.
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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.
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spirit away

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]
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spirit away

v.
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.
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THE SECRET OF MARROWBONE (15) HHH HH ROSE Marrowbone (Nicola Harrison) spirits away her four children Jack (George Mackay), Billy (Charlie Heaton), Jane (Mia Goth) and Sam (Matthew Stagg) to her secluded childhood home in 1960s America.
In some parts of the country the forgiveness day is also associated with the manifestly pagan kukeri dance, in which men dressed like demons try to chase evil spirits away.
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Members of the Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu also turned up with a traditional Chinese dragon to keep evil spirits away.
Trick or treaters will be out celebrating Halloween this weekend which is a little ironic as the traditional use for an illuminated, hollowed out vegetable was to keep annoying spirits away.
The word abracadabra was written on medieval objects to scare evil spirits away