send away

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send away (third-person singular simple present sends away, present participle sending away, simple past and past participle sent away)

  1. (idiomatic, transitive) To dismiss from one's presence.
    The salesman was taking up too much time with his nonsense, so I sent him away.
  2. (idiomatic, transitive) To send to a particular place for a long time, as a family member, an employee, etc.
    We are going to send our son away to live with his uncle in America for a year.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In both senses, the object may appear before or after the particle, with shorter objects (especially personal pronouns) tending to precede it, and longer objects tending to follow it.