make away

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make away

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To depart, leave; to make off.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To destroy.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To kill.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To get rid of, dispose of.
    • 1740, Samuel Richardson, Pamela, vol. II:
      ‘Will you,’ said he, ‘on your honour, let me see them uncurtailed, and not offer to make them away; no, not a single paper?’
  5. (obsolete, reflexive) To kill oneself, commit suicide.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.40:
      the people impatient of so many changes of fortune, tooke such a resolution unto death, that I have heard my father say, he kept accompt of five and twentie chiefe housholders, that in one weeke made them-selves away [...].
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review Books 2001, p. 263:
      Hostratus the friar took that book which Reuchlin had written against him, under the name of Epist. obscurorum vivorum, so to heart, that for shame and grief he made away himself.

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