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tuck away

1. To hide or store someone or something in a safe or secluded space. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tuck" and "away." He quickly tucked the winnings away inside his coat pocket, lest he draw unwanted attention to himself. I tucked away all the love letters your father used to write to me when we were young in a box somewhere in this wardrobe. Police have tucked the witness away in a safe house where the mobsters will never get to him.
2. To eat a large amount of food with a great, voracious appetite. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tuck" and "away." He tucked away three full helpings of Thanksgiving dinner before moving on to dessert. My, my, you sure can tuck quite a lot away, can't you?
See also: away, tuck

tucked away

Hidden, either intentionally or incidentally by elements in the surrounding area. The cabin is tucked away in a grove of trees, so you won't even be able to see it from the road. Don't worry about the gems—they've been safely tucked away.
See also: away, tuck
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

tuck something away

 
1. Lit. to hide or store something away. Tuck this away where you can find it later. Can you tuck away this money somewhere?
2. Fig. to eat something. The boys tucked away three pizzas and an apple pie. When I was younger, I could tuck away my dinner in no time at all.
See also: away, tuck
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tuck away

1. Eat heartily, as in He tucked away an enormous steak. [Colloquial; mid-1800s] Also see tuck into.
2. Hide, put in storage, as in She had several hundred dollars tucked away. [c. 1900]
See also: away, tuck
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

tuck away

v.
1. To put something in an out-of-the-way, snug place: She tucked away her wallet under all of the socks. He tucked the files away in the back of the filing cabinet. The cabin is tucked away in the mountains.
2. To store something in a safe spot; save something: The child tucked away some candy. I'll bet my neighbors have tucked millions of dollars away.
3. Slang To consume some food heartily: The hungry farmer tucked away three steaks. The food left over from lunch was gone by dinnertime, since I tucked it all away during the afternoon.
See also: away, tuck
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"So I tuck them away, graciously accept every little hug, squeeze, cuddle and utterance of 'I love you so much, Mummy' and try not to let him see it break my heart."
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