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on vacation

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!
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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.
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on vacation

away, taking time off work; on holiday. Where are you going on vacation this year? I'll be away on vacation for three weeks.
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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.
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vacation

n. a prison sentence. (Underworld.) It was a three-year vacation, with time off for good behavior.
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The group of the vacationing Bulgarians have decreased to 56% and about a third of them have already taken their vacation.
The participants underwent blood tests and completed an interview assessing vacationing behaviour in the past 12 months.
'As such, taking taking time-off or vacationing to recover mentally, physically and emotionally from life's demands has scientifically been proven to reduce stress, improve health, productivity, creativity and relationships.
It is also possible that holiday vacationing may have become more common even while people are vacationing less overall.
More specifically, as many as 42 per cent said they associate vacationing "a great deal" with their overall happiness and that is a 10 per cent increase from last year's Expedia.ca Vacation Deprivation Survey.
Vacationing was chosen as the number one experience for generating happiness (48 per cent of respondents), far more than finding money (16 per cent), getting a tax refund (13 per cent), being told you look younger than you are (8 per cent) or even celebrating your birthday (7 per cent).