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steal away

1. To leave or depart from some location or situation very quickly, quietly, and furtively. I started feeling a bit despondent at the party, so I stole away while no one was looking. The two stole away to share a kiss.
2. To steal someone or something (from someone); to rob someone of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "steal" and "away." The two thieves stole the statue away by loading it into a helicopter and making off into the night sky. The gang has been stealing children away for years and brainwashing them as young soldiers.
3. To take someone or something away from someone, especially in a way that seems unfair or malicious. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "steal" and "away." The team had victory within their grasp, but with a last-minute field goal, the reigning champions stole it away from them. I don't know why you're so convinced that I'm trying to steal your boyfriend away, but it simply is not true!
See also: away, steal

steal away (from someone or something)

to sneak away from someone or something. The thief stole away from the policeman. We stole away from the boring lecture.
See also: away, steal

steal away

v.
To leave quietly without being noticed: During the party, the lovers stole away to the garden.
See also: away, steal
References in classic literature ?
Here's her form, upon my soul; I believe I may cry stole away." And indeed so he might; for he had now discovered the place whence the poor girl had, at the beginning of the fray, stolen away, upon as many feet as a hare generally uses in travelling.
So they dared no longer hide the truth from her, but said it was the will of Heaven, and that her birth was only the innocent cause of it; but the little girl mourned sadly about it every day, and thought herself bound to do all she could to bring her brothers back; and she had neither rest nor ease, till at length one day she stole away, and set out into the wide world to find her brothers, wherever they might be, and free them, whatever it might cost her.
Eking out these professions with a number of benevolent and protecting looks and great fervour of manner, Thomas Codlin stole away on tiptoe, leaving the child in a state of extreme surprise.
all this, and more, I knew that I could safely venture for Elizabeth's sake, ere I kissed her white brow and stole away in the early hours of that winter's morning.
Julie, nervous and depressed, stole away before dessert, and Mrs.
Whole herds of moments stole away and were lost while their careless shepherd gazed out of the window at the sunshine and the trees.
And I stole away from the ball, and they think - never mind what they think.
This letter asked Ursula to meet Kenneth in the beechwood the next afternoon, and so she stole away there when suspicious father and watchful stepmother thought she was spinning in the granary loft."
While the shopkeeper Tahir Parvez was busy with other customers the women stole away cloth worth Rs30,000.
The traders told that the criminals stole away cash and valuables from Asif Mobile Shop on Jan 7, Asif electronic shop on Jan 8, Sami electronic shop on Jan 9 and the same activity registered on another shop on Jan 10.
SUKKUR: The same night, a gang of thieves broke open locks of two shops in electronic markets in Shaheed Ganj area near Clock Tower roundabout and stole away thousands of rupees and others valuables.
Inside a minute it became 14-0 after scrum half David Pritchard stole away from a scrum for Garland to add the extras and it got even worse when the Wizards stole possession on halfway before Garland put in wing Stef Andrews.
Sources said that the accused stole away cheque book from CDA treasury and he has also prepared fake service books and issued to the employees enrolled by him under fake appointment letter.
Westdyke's pressure finally paid off in the second half when Mackie stole away from his marker to meet an inswinging free-kick to beat Bain at his near post.
District Court in Tampa, Florida, Federline alleged that the 'X Factor' judge blackmailed and harassed him and stole away his credit card withdrawing 4,500 dollars from his bank account.