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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput away
he/she/itputs away
present participleputting away
past tenseput away
past participleput away
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  1. 2
    informal to eat or drink a lot of something
    They put away vast quantities of cake between them.
  2. 3
    informal to put someone in a prison or a mental hospital
    He ought to be put away for a very long time.
  3. 4
    to save an amount of money
    Try and put away a little each month.
  4. 5
    informal to score a goal by kicking or hitting the ball into the net
    The fourth goal was put away by Woodhead.
  5. 6
    American very informal to kill someone
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