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1. To brush or sweep something off of the surface of someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whisk" and "away." My wife whisked the cat hair off my shoulder before I left for my interview. Let me just whisk off these hair clippings before you sit down, sir.
2. To remove something (from some place) very suddenly or hurriedly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whisk" and "away." After giving the journalists a very brief glimpse at the prototype, the company whisked it away back into their lab. I wish you hadn't whisked away my plate from the table like that—I was still eating!
3. To escort or accompany someone away (from some place) very abruptly or hurriedly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whisk" and "away." Security forces whisked the president away after the first gunshots were heard. I wish my husband would just whisk me away to somewhere exotic like Thailand or the Bahamas for a week.
4. To bring someone on a romantic or exciting journey (to some place) away from home. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whisk" and "away." I wish my husband would just whisk me away to somewhere exotic like Thailand or the Bahamas for a week. Before we knew it, we were whisked away on a whirlwind adventure around the globe.
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whisk someone or something away
to move someone or something out of the way rapidly. The firemen came and whisked the students away to a safe place. The agents whisked away a number of people.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To remove something with quick light sweeping motions: The waiter whisked the crumbs away. My girlfriend whisked away the check before I could see it.
2. To escort, conduct, or carry someone or something swiftly and quietly away: The bodyguards whisked away the politician after the speech. The ambulance whisked the accident victim away to the hospital.
3. To indulge someone's fancy by conducting or transporting them away: I was whisked away from my boring life after I accepted the job offer. My boyfriend whisked me away to Paris.
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.