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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydo away with
he/she/itdoes away with
present participledoing away with
past tensedid away with
past participledone away with
  1. 1
    do away with something to get rid of something
    A lot of the restrictions on imports have been done away with.
  2. 2
    do away with someone informal to murder someone
    There were rumours that Doug had done away with his wife.
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