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Alternative forms[edit]


Univerbation of take +‎ away.


  • IPA(key): /ˈteɪkəweɪ/
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takeaway (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly UK, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand) (Of food) intended to be eaten off the premises from which it was bought.
    I couldn't be bothered to cook, so I bought a takeaway curry.





  • Italian: takeaway


takeaway (plural takeaways)

  1. (chiefly UK, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand) A restaurant that sells food to be eaten elsewhere.
    If you're hungry, there's a takeaway just around the corner.
    • 2005, Amsterdam, Time Out, page 129,
      The wonderful, and deeply filling, world of Dutch broodjes (sandwiches) has its greatest champion in this takeaway, one of the very few that still features proper homemade meat and fish salads in your bun, rather than the almost ubiquitous factory prepared product that′s taken over the sandwich market.
    • 2006, Mary Fitzpatrick, Tom Parkinson, Nick Ray, East Africa, Lonely Planet, page 479,
      Some of the cheapest places to eat in Kampala are the ubiquitous takeaways that dot the city centre.
  2. (chiefly UK, Australia and New Zealand) A meal bought to be eaten elsewhere.
    I fancy an Indian takeaway tonight.
    • 2008, Annalisa Rellie, Tricia Hayne, Turks & Caicos Islands, Bradt Travel Guides, page 99,
      Good Italian cuisine & friendly service. Also does takeaways, including pizza.
    • 2008, The Complete Residents′ Guide: Los Angeles, Explorer Publishing, page 315,
      Pizza and Thai food are popular delivery and takeaway choices, but there are a number of options.
  3. (golf) The preliminary part of a golfer′s swing when the club is brought back away from the ball.
    • 2001, David Chmiel, Kevin Morris, Golf Past 50, page 40,
      One drill to help you work on the long, low takeaway is to place a tee, a coin, or even another ball just beyond your back foot (whatever you choose should be slightly inside your toe to promote a slightly inside swing path).
    • 2005, Paul G. Schempp, Peter Mattsson, Golf: Steps To Success, page 55,
      Make sure your hands and shoulders work together during the takeaway.
    • 2007, John Andrisani, Golfweek′s 101 Winning Golf Tips, unnumbered page,
      Tiger Woods, like other golfing greats, employs a smooth, evenly paced takeaway action.
  4. (US) A concession made by a labor union in the course of negotiations.
  5. (frequently in the plural) An idea from a talk, presentation, etc., that the listener or reader should remember and consider.[1]
    • 2008, Carol A. E. Bentley, Beat The Recession: Proven Marketing Tactics, Volume 1, page 363,
      For example, one of the big takeaways for myself (even though I know better) is when I don′t review my goals daily I get sucked into what′s currently happening and easily get distracted from what′s most important.
    • 2010, Scott Monty, Foreword, Erik Qualman, Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business, page xvi,
      A strength of this book is Qualman′s ability to take complex issues and break them into easily digestible takeaways through the use of real world examples and analogies.

Usage notes[edit]

In sense “idea from presentation etc.”, frequently used in plural to refer to all important ideas contained therein; compare insights, lessons learned, learnings, etc.


  • (restaurant selling food to be eaten elsewhere): carryout (Scotland, US), takeout (chiefly North America)
  • (food to be eaten elsewhere): carryout (Scotland, US), takeout (chiefly North America)
  • (preparatory backward swing of a golf club):
  • (concession during negotiation):
  • (idea to be remembered and considered): sound bite


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joe Miller (24 January 2018), “Davos jargon: A crime against the English language?”, in BBC News[1], BBC



Borrowed from English takeaway.


takeaway (invariable)

  1. takeaway (of food) to be eaten off the premises