(in distance, time)
far away au loin
two kilometres away à deux kilomètres
→ The river was four miles away.
The town's 2 kilometres away. La ville est à deux kilomètres.
two hours away by car à deux heures de route
The coast is 2 hours away by car. La côte est à deux heures de route.
two weeks away, The holiday was two weeks away. Il restait deux semaines jusqu'aux vacances.
→ The election is only a fortnight away.
→ The exams are a month away.
away from loin de
→ a pleasant spot away from the city
→ They sat as far away from each other as possible.
(=absent) He's away for a week. il est parti (pour) une semaine He's away in Milan. il est (parti) à Milan Robbie's away today. Robbie est absent aujourd'hui
n (for training etc)
jour m de déplacement, journée f de déplacement
away game , away match
n (SPORT) match m à l'extérieur
→ They have won their last three away games.
→ They've won every away game this season.
n (SPORT) but m marqué à l'extérieur
→ Blackburn win on away goals.
n (SPORT) équipe f des visiteurs, visiteurs mpl
(=work hard) travailler d'arrache-pied
to beaver away to get sth done travailler d'arrache-pied pour finir qch
→ They are beavering away to get everything ready for us.
to beaver away at sth travailler d'arrache-pied à qch
→ They were in the garden, beavering away at the weeding.
→ He dropped a piece of paper and it blew away.
→ Her hat fell off and blew away.
(lit) chasser, faire s'envoler
→ Strong winds blew away most of the dust.
→ The wind blew the leaves away.
to be blown away by sb
(=captivated) tomber sous le charme de qn
(from other people)
→ Willie Hamilton broke away early in the race.
to break away from sth [+idea, tradition] rompre avec qch
→ We have to break away from the old-fashioned idea that ...
→ Meg Ryan has been trying to break away from romantic comedies for years now
to break away from sb se dégager de l'étreinte de qn
→ I broke away from him and rushed out into the hall.
[+mud, dust] enlever d'un coup de brosse
[+person, idea] écarter
→ He brushed away my views on politics.
[+animals, people] faire la chasse à
→ a kestrel is regularly sent in to chase away pigeons
[+fears, blues] chasser
→ she certainly knows how to chase away those winter blues.
(=depart) partir, s'en aller
(=become detached) se détacher
vi partir à toute allure
→ The gunfire finally began to die away.
→ The noise died away and silence reigned.
do away with
→ A woman whose husband had made several attempts to do away with her.
vt sep arracher de force, emmener de force
to drag sb away from sth arracher qn à qch
→ See if you can drag him away from the television.
to drag o.s. away s'arracher
→ The exhibition was great, I could hardly drag myself away.
to drag o.s. away from sth s'arracher à qch
→ They couldn't drag themselves away from the party.
(=move away) s'éloigner
→ Claire had seen the taxi drawing away.
[crowd, people] se disperser
→ The crowd began to drift away.
[+customers, friends] faire fuir
→ Increased crime is driving away customers.
→ Patrick's rudeness drove Monica's friends away.
[sea] saper, éroder
→ He showed them where the waves were eating the walls away.
eat away at
vt fus ronger, attaquer
→ The sea eats away at coastlines.
, eat into
[+time, profit] ronger, entamer
→ Responsibilities at work eat into his time.
→ Wages were rising faster than productivity and this was eating into profits.
[strength, support, life] décliner
→ His little girl's life ebbed away.
→ He felt his strength ebbing away.
vi s'éloigner furtivement
to edge away from s'éloigner furtivement de
→ He edged away from the thugs.
[+mistake, failure, evidence] trouver de bonnes explications à
→ excuses which the Left might deploy to explain away failure
→ They bend over backwards to explain away inconsistencies
→ I had noticed blood on my husband's clothing but he explained it away.
[sound] s'affaiblir, diminuer
→ His voice faded away
→ His voice faded away to a whisper
→ We watched the harbour and then the coastline fade away into the morning mist.
(=disappear from the public eye)
[famous person] retomber dans l'anonymat
→ The group wasn't officially disbanded, it just faded away
→ With time, they said, criticism will fade away
[ground] descendre en pente
→ Below her the ground fell away in a broad sweep down to the river
→ On either side of the tracks the ground fell away sharply
[support, demand] diminuer
→ as his support fell away, his taste for dictatorial methods grew
→ hundreds of jobs were lost as demand fell away
→ I'd completed all the case notes and filed them away
vi (on the breeze)
partir à la dérive
→ The feather floated away through the air.
→ The white cloud of smoke floated away
The bird flew away. L'oiseau s'est envolé.
[+birds, children] faire fuir, effaroucher
→ The fishermen said the company's seismic survey was frightening away fish
[+time, money] gaspiller
→ The firm soon started frittering away the cash it was generating ...
→ I seem to fritter my time away at coffee mornings.
[+money] perdre au jeu
→ Fred soon gambled his profits away.
(=go away) partir, s'en aller
One of the burglars got away. L'un des cambrioleurs s'est échappé.
to get away from it all
(=go on holiday) partir loin de tout
get away with
(=escape punishment for)
You won't get away with this! Vous ne vous en tirerez pas comme ça!
→ You fiends! You'll never get away with this!
to get away with doing sth pouvoir se permettre de faire qch
→ low-cost airlines can get away with a no-frills service
→ It's one of the few jobs you can do and get away with being completely drunk.
to let sb get away with sth
(=tolerate their doing) tolérer que qn fasse qch
She didn't let her pupils get away with any sloppy thinking. Elle ne permettait pas à ses élèves de manquer de rigueur intellectuelle.
(=give free) faire cadeau de
[+bride] conduire à l'autel
[fear, feeling] ronger
→ the unremitting fear of exposure which gnawed away inside him
to gnaw away at sb ronger qn
→ These desires gnaw away at us constantly.
(=leave) partir, s'en aller
Go away! Allez-vous-en!
(=go on holiday) partir (en vacances)
→ Why don't you and I go away this weekend?
grow away from
vt fus (fig) s'éloigner de
hammer away at
[+subject, theme] insister lourdement sur
→ Recent government campaigns have hammered away at these themes.
→ I seem to spend my life hammering away at the importance of homework.
vi s'en aller (précipitamment)
→ I hurried away to hail a taxi
→ He hurried away from the conference to fly to Yokohama
to hurry sb away faire partir qn précipitamment
→ Peter took Anna's arm and hurried her away
to idle away one's time passer son temps à ne rien faire
to idle away the time passer le temps
He idled the time away in dreamy thought. Il passait le temps à rêver.
[+visitors, tourists] faire fuir, éloigner
The rain is keeping visitors away. La pluie fait fuir les touristes.
to keep sb away from sth [+place] éloigner qn de qch
It's impossible to keep fans away from the flat. Il est impossible d'éloigner les fans de l'appartement.
[+pest, danger] éloigner, maintenir à l'écart
an electrical field to keep sharks away un champ électrique pour éloigner les requins, un champ électrique pour maintenir les requins à l'écart
to keep sb away from sth [+danger, drugs, temptation] tenir qn à l'écart de qch
→ it is advisable to keep your child away from fire and flames
→ That'll keep people away from your germs
to keep sb away from sb [+dangerous person] tenir qn éloigné de qn
→ I want to keep you away from my husband
to keep sth away from sth [+object] tenir qch à l'écart de qch
→ A barbecue should be kept away from trees, bushes, fences, etc
[+animals, pests] maintenir à l'écart de qch
Keep animals away from the kitchen. Maintenez les animaux à l'écart de la cuisine.
se tenir à l'écart
→ He lacked the will power to keep away.
(from dangerous thing)
ne pas s'approcher, se tenir à distance
Keep away! N'approchez pas!
to keep away from sth [+place] se tenir à distance de qch
[+drugs, temptation] se tenir à l'écart de qch
[+fire, dangerous area] se tenir à distance de qch
They kept away from the forest. Ils se tenaient à distance de la forêt.
Keep away from central London. Évitez le centre de Londres., Tenez vous à distance du centre de Londres.
to keep away from temptation ne pas s'exposer à la tentation
vt sep emmener
→ The guards led the prisoner away.
The police led the man away. La police a emmené l'homme.
[+valuables] enfermer en lieu sûr
→ He had even locked away all the videos.
[+criminal] mettre sous les verrous, enfermer
→ Locking them away is not sufficient, you have to give them treatment.
to lure sb away from sth éloigner qn de qch
→ This new train is designed to lure people away from their cars and shuttle flights.
Out-of-town stores continue to lure shoppers away from town centres. Les magasins situés à la périphérie des villes continuent d'attirer des clients au détriment des commerces de centre-ville.
[crowd] se dissiper
→ The crowd around the bench began to melt away.
(from home, town)
s'en aller, s'éloigner
→ He moved away and lost contact with the family.
→ They retired from farming and moved away.
(from window, door)
→ She moved away from the window
[+clothes, Christmas decorations, equipment] ranger
→ it's time to pack away the winter woolies
→ the rest of us are taking down the tree and packing away the decorations for another year
→ the broadcasting unit would need at least two hours to set up and an hour to pack away equipment
→ Unfortunately, he passed away last year.
[sticker, label, paper] se décoller
→ use durable materials with artwork that won't peel away
[supporters] faire défection
→ Hindu supporters will begin to peel away in distaste.
→ MPs who voted for him last week may peel away.
[+sticker, paper, layer] décoller
→ gently peel away the nonstick baking parchment
→ I believe she actually pined away, lost her will to live.
[+water, wine] vider
→ She poured the dirty water away.
→ customs officers who recently poured away £130,000 of fine wine
[vehicle, train] démarrer
→ I stood in the driveway and watched him pull away.
to pull away from sth s'éloigner de qch
The car pulled away from the kerb. La voiture s'éloigna du trottoir.
(to free o.s, physically)
to pull away from sb se dégager de l'étreinte de qn
She pulled away from him. Elle se dégagea de son étreinte.
(=cut one's ties) (mentally)
to pull away from sb s'éloigner de qn
→ The Soviet Union began pulling away from Cuba.
→ Daughters tend to pull away from their mothers as they get older.
→ I put away the shopping.
→ She finished putting the milk away.
Can you put away the dishes, please? Tu peux ranger la vaisselle, s'il te plaît?
→ They put him away for ten years.
→ He's an animal! He should be put away.
[+money] mettre de côté
→ I've got a thousand pounds put away for a rainy day.
→ I never have any money to put away as savings.
[+food, drink] se taper *
→ I had put away half a bottle of whisky.
→ They put away the whole chicken.
* parler à n'en plus finir
→ an "expert on terrorism" rabbiting away
→ The pillars rotted away and were replaced
They ran away before the police came. Ils se sont enfuis avant l'arrivée de la police.
I ran away from home when I was sixteen. Je me suis enfui de chez moi lorsque j'avais seize ans.
to run away from sth [+problems, reality] refuser d'affronter qch
to run away with sb
(=elope) s'enfuir avec qn
to run away with sth
(=win easily) s'adjuger qch
→ He ran away with all the prizes
run away with
to let sth run away with you
[temper, anger, imagination]
→ Don't let your anger run away with you.
He let his temper run away with him. Il s'est laissé emporter par son humeur.
Don't let your imagination run away with you. Ne te laisse pas emporter par ton imagination.
vt sep mettre de côté
scare away , scare off
vt sep faire fuir
scuttle away , scuttle off
vi s'enfuir à toutes jambes, détaler
[+letter, goods] expédier
→ Please don't send me away.
send away for
vt fus commander par correspondance, se faire envoyer
vt sep chasser
shrink away , shrink back
The boys shrank away in horror. Les garçons ont reculé, horrifiés.
[+rights, independence, inheritance] renoncer officiellement à
→ She was being asked to sign away her independence.
vi trimer, travailler comme un forçat
to slave away at sth se tuer à qch
to slave away at doing sth se tuer à faire qch
→ Why am I slaving away, running a house and family single-handed?
→ I hope we can slip away before she notices.
[+money, objects] mettre en lieu sûr
vt sep planquer *
steal away , steal off
vi filer, s'esquiver
→ They stole away and disappeared into the night.
→ They can steal away at night and join us
(=put away) embarquer
→ His baggage was safely stowed away in the plane.
[person] (on ship, plane)
straight away , straightaway
(=immediately) tout de suite
→ I should go and see a doctor straight away ...
→ I wrote him a letter and posted it straightaway.
[+crumbs, dust, leaves] balayer
[flood, current, crowd] entraîner
(=get rid of)
[+restrictions, doubts] balayer
→ All these restrictions were swept away.
[voice] se perdre
→ His voice tailed away in the bitter cold air.
→ A maid came to take away the tray.
[+pain] faire disparaître
to take sth away from sb prendre qch à qn
→ I'll take that knife away from you.
(=carry away) emporter
He took the book away with him. Il a emporté le livre.
hot meals to take away (British) des plats chauds à emporter
→ They took him away for questioning
I'll take you away for a few days in the countryside. Je t'emmènerai quelques jours à la campagne.
(=subtract) retirer, soustraire
→ Take away the number you first thought of.
What's 35 take away 10? Ça fait combien 35 moins dix?
take away from
[+pleasure, excitement, achievement, success] diminuer
→ That would take away from the excitement of the meeting.
The rain didn't take away from the excitement of the day. La pluie n'a rien retiré à l'enthousiasme entourant cette journée.
to tear o.s. away from sth s'arracher de qch, s'arracher à qch
→ She couldn't tear herself away from the grave.
[+rubbish, possessions] jeter
I never throw anything away. Je ne jette jamais rien.
→ Failing to tackle the problem would be throwing away an opportunity.
→ McMinn tidied away the glasses and tea-cups.
→ He was asleep, his laptop and papers all tucked away for the night.
[+money] mettre de côté
I tucked the box away in a drawer. J'ai rangé la boîte dans un tiroir.
She had a bit of money tucked away. Elle avait un peu d'argent mis de côté.
→ A spot check at the school revealed weapons tucked away in desks and lockers.
→ My mother found my old copy of that book tucked away on a top shelf somewhere.
to be tucked away (in a quiet place)
[house, shop, pub] se cacher
→ The parish church is tucked away behind the cathedral.
(=look away) se détourner, tourner la tête
(=refuse entry to)
[+immigrants, spectator, customer, applicant, caller] refuser
→ The college has been forced to turn away 300 prospective students.
→ We're so busy, we're having to turn new business away.
[river, rain] emporter
→ The dam collapsed, washing away twenty-five villages.
→ Flood waters washed away one of the main bridges.
vt sep user
→ The action of the sea gradually wears away the rock.
→ The grass was worn away where the children used to play.
→ The letters of the inscription are beginning to wear away.
→ The softer rock wears away.
→ They whiled away the hours telling stories.
[+tears, sweat, stain, dirt] essuyer
to wipe away one's tears essuyer ses larmes
→ Cheer up! Wipe away your tears.
→ He was trying to wipe away the splashes of blood.
vi écrire une lettre
→ I wrote away and said Yes I'm interested
to write away for sth [+information, goods] écrire une lettre pour demander qch
→ Why not write away for more information?
→ I wrote away for another supply of the vitamins.