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take away

1. verb To remove something from its current location. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "away." The tow truck came and took the abandoned car away. Here, let me take away these empty plates.
2. verb To rescind someone's access to something, usually as a punishment. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "away." My parents took my video games away for getting an F on my last test. Charlie, I swear to God I will take away the TV for a month if you don't get out here and do your chores this instant!
3. verb To arrest, capture, or otherwise detain someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "away." The government has been taking away anyone who challenges its ironfisted rule. Tom Thompson, you are under arrest for the murder of Samantha Samson. Take him away! The kidnappers took our daughter away and are holding her for a $2 million ransom.
4. verb To bring someone with one to some place, especially a location that is or seems to be more exciting or romantic. A noun or pronoun is used between "take" and "away." Take me away with you, Roberto! Show me the adventure I've always longed for!
5. noun The main point, lesson, or piece of information that one derives or retains from something. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. I think the takeaway from this meeting is that we desperately need to improve efficiency.
6. noun Food from a restaurant that is picked up and taken home or somewhere else to be eaten. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. Primarily heard in UK. I don't feel like cooking tonight, do you want to just get a takeaway?
7. noun In sports (typically American football and hockey), an instance of gaining possession of the ball or puck from the other team through a turnover, such as a fumble or interception. As a noun, it is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. Cleveland is great at generating takeaways, especially against turnover-plagued teams.
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take it away

An invitation or instruction for someone to begin their performance. We've brought in a very talented young band to entertain you this evening. Take it away, girls! A: "For my audition, I will be singing a cover of 'Let it Be,' by The Beatles." B: "Wonderful. Take it away whenever you're ready."
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take someone or something away (from someone or something)

to remove someone or something to some distance away from someone or something else; to remove someone or something from the possession of someone or something else. Take her away from me! Take away that horrible food.
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take something away (from someone or something)

to detract from someone or something. The bright costume on the soprano takes a lot away from the tenor, who is just as important. The main subject of the picture is good, but the busy background takes away a lot.
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take away

v.
1. To remove something: Someone took my books away. Can you take away the trash?
2. To have something as the effect of an experience: I did not take away a good impression of the way things are run there. He took away a black eye from that fight.
3. To take someone along to a new place: I wish you would take me away with you.
4. To arrest someone or send them to prison or another place of incarceration: The police were threatening to take me away, so I left the country. The police took away the suspects to the courthouse.
5. To awe someone; cause someone to be emotionally captivated: The final scene of the movie took me away.
6. To win something easily, by a wide margin, or dramatically: It was a tense series of games, but our team took it away in the end. That film took away five Oscars.
7. Chiefly British To buy food at a restaurant and take it somewhere else to eat: Let's take away some Chinese food for lunch.
8. take away from To detract from something: Drab curtains took away from the otherwise lovely room.
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References in classic literature ?
That takes us away from the green, leafy woods and dells of England to the wild, rocky coast of Scotland.
Deliberate fires are a waste of our resources and takes us away from dealing with other genuine emergencies elsewhere.
This takes us away from personality-based politics that give politicians a higher profile than the issues facing Kenyans.
It takes us away from the day-today of the industry, offering a rare chance to immerse ourselves in the best work from around the globe.
I believe that these prejudices that have been imposed on us, not just take us away from our neighbours, it takes us away from ourselves,' Mirza said.
"I like the way the book teaches us to maintain and nurture the child within us as an antidote to the regressive process of growing up, which takes us away from being guided by the heart."
However, most of us fall short because we operate on mindless autopilot which takes us away from the present moment.
It forces us to focus on mindless minutiae and takes us away from the patient.
Maybe it takes us away from modern life, from stress, from what modern life throws at us, and back to somewhere and something we need."
"I know it takes us away from maybe a comfort level of what we used in the past, but relatively speaking, it's a prudent use of debt," Erb said.
Following his journey from joining USAID and initial placement in the district of Dand to his transfer more than a year later to the district of Maiwand, Grindle takes us away from the capital of Kabul and into Afghanistan's more rural southern districts to see how far U.S.
"We keep talking, saying we'll get around to it but then something else comes up and takes us away from the planning.
want to and good takes us from the for a while Most people want to be happy, and good entertainment takes us away from the humdrum for a while.
And we are really sorry about that, because this - the whole situation takes us away from the perspective of getting our relationship to a better condition."