Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - AWOL


Absent WithOut Leave;

absent from a military unit without permission;

absent from anything without permission


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - AWOL

An army corporal and sargent are talking ...

Sargent: Where's Private Smith?

Corporal: His unit told me that he went AWOL last night.

Sargent: Any chance that he will come back of his own accord?

Corporal: Apparently, he got a call telling him that his wife was about to give birth to their first child.

Sargent: So Smith may come back after the birth. He will be in trouble but not as much trouble as if he were to be AWOL for thirty days. Then he would be declared a deserter, face a court-martial and be thrown in the brig.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - AWOL

Two parents are talking ...

Wife: I got another call from the school this morning.

Husband: Which one of our children was truant this time?

Wife: Paul. That is the third time this school-term that he has been AWOL.

Husband: I wonder what he does when he leaves school without permission. Where does he go? What does he do?

Wife: I suppose we will have to sit down with him and have a serious conversation about him following the rules and not playing hooky from school.

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AWOL - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for AWOL.

AWOL - Examples:

1)  ... and check on his cat, a fat orange-and-brown tabby he had named AWOL, since it was always going off without getting clearance from him. 

2)  ... always go AWOL, you tend not to visit anymore. 

3)  The most striking conclusion: too many dads are AWOL in the battle to keep kids drug free and this increases their teens risk of ...

4)  ... skipped my class then got angry at me for informing their parents about their being AWOL

5)  ... asked for his story, the soft spoken man told us he was 29 days AWOL and would technically be considered a deserter the following day.

6)  I wanted out but I couldn't find a way. Some people go AWOL while others shoot themselves. 

7)  If you just leave, you're AWOL, and you could go to the brig until your enlistment's over. 

8)  ... stick around and take him in as her own ward while she tracks down his AWOL mother.

9)  That's the army. More of them crossed the Jordan River and just went AWOL, fled. 

10)  ... and I had a weekly meeting with all my troops where I went over each AWOL's excuses for being AWOL and why they were not acceptable. 

11)  The DNR makes huge issues out of building a little farm pond but is AWOL when big money wants to build dozens of strip mines.

12)  During Katrina, the paid staff went AWOL as many of them became ill from the stress and chaos.

13)  Meanwhile the hundred of tons of AWOL cerium are lurking somewhere deep below the ex-nuclear reactors pumping a continual stream of radiation ...

14)  ... other weird thing is you'd think parents would stop fighting to look for their AWOL child, but it seems that people just sort of got used to me disappearing.

15)  By the way, the person I was replacing, surprisingly enough, went AWOL six weeks earlier.

16)  At one point we noticed that our waitress had gone AWOL and I asked if anybody had seen her. 

17)  A young Army officer helps a desperate soldier go AWOL from their base on the night before their unit deploys to Iraq.

18)  A paranoid schizophrenic with a predilection for speed and cocaine, he'd gone AWOL from his addictions treatment centre.

19)  Sorry I've been AWOL for a while. Things have been a wee bit hectic around here.

20)  Whose responsibility is it to " do something " about a board member who is AWOL, deadwood, undependable, a procrastinator, or worse?