put away

put away

  1. (transitive) To put (something) in its usual storage place; to place out of the way, clean up.
    Please put away the tools when you are finished.
    I put the clothes away so as to neaten the room.
  2. (transitive) To store, add to one's stores for later use.
    Preparing for the worst, they put away food for the winter.
  3. (transitive, colloquial) To consume (food or drink), especially in large quantities.
    You wouldn't think such a small person could put away so much food.
  4. (transitive) To send (someone) to prison or mental asylum.
    After he was convicted, they put him away for 10 years.
  5. (transitive) To kill someone.
  6. (transitive, combat sports, by extension) To knock out an opponent.
    He put away his opponent in the first round.
  7. (transitive, now formal or literary) To discard, divest oneself of.
    • 1611, The Bible (Authorized Version), First Epistle to the Corinthians XIII.11:
      When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
  8. (obsolete, transitive) To fend off, deflect; to dismiss.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:6.1?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter j], in Le Morte Darthur, book IV:
      Also he told kynge Arthur that he shold mysse hym / yet had ye leuer than al your landes to haue me ageyne / A sayd the kynge / syn ye knowe of your aduenture puruey for hit / and put awey by your craftes that mysauenture / Nay said Merlyn it wylle not be / soo he departed from the kynge.
  9. (archaic, transitive) To divorce.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Gospel of Mark X:
      And the pharyses cam and axed hym a question: whether it were laufull for a man to putt awaye hys wyfe.
  10. (sports) To take a large lead in a game, especially enough to guarantee victory or make the game no longer competitive.
    They put the game away by scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
  11. (baseball) To strike out a batter.
  12. (baseball) To catch a fly ball or tag out a baserunner.
  13. (tennis) To hit the ball in such a way that the opponent cannot reach it; see passing shot
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