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Spending time away from work or school, especially to travel some place for recreation. Primarily heard in US. I am planning to be on vacation for two weeks in July, so if you need any help during that time you can contact my colleague Sarah. We're going to Disney World on vacation this summer!
take a vacation
To stop working for some period of time and spend that time for one's leisure or pleasure, especially at some other place. You should really take a vacation. You've been burning the candle at both ends for way too long now. I'm taking a vacation in Europe with my family this summer.
dated slang A period of time spent in prison. Primarily heard in US. A: "Did you hear about Charlie?" B: "Yeah, a 10-year vacation in Sing Sing. That's rough."
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away, taking time off work; on holiday. Where are you going on vacation this year? I'll be away on vacation for three weeks.
take a vacation
to go somewhere for a vacation; to stop work to have a vacation. Sue took a vacation at the Grand Canyon last year. I need to take a vacation and relax.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
n. a prison sentence. (Underworld.) It was a three-year vacation, with time off for good behavior.
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