awol

awol
abbr. colloq. absent without leave.

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AWOL or A|wol «AY wl, or pronounced as initials», adjective, adverb, noun.
–adj., adv.
absent without leave: »

to be AWOL for 12 days.

–n.
Slang, especially U.S. a person who is absent without leave.
A.W.O.L., AWOL (no periods), or a.w.o.l.,
Military, especially U.S. absent without leave.

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['āˌwôl]
adj. [predic.] Military absent from one's post but without intent to desert

the men have gone AWOL | humorous now the parrot has gone AWOL

Origin:
1920s: acronym from absent without (official) leave

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/ˈeıˌwɑːl/ adj
: absent from the armed forces without permission

Three soldiers were AWOL.

The soldiers went AWOL at the first chance.

broadly : absent or missing

The Senator has been AWOL for the last three votes.

My keys have gone AWOL. I can't find them anywhere.

AWOL comes from a phrase used in the military: absent without leave.
AWOL noun, pl AWOLs [count]

Four AWOLs [=four soldiers who have gone AWOL] are still missing from their unit.

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AWOL [ˈeɪwɒl] [ˈeɪwɔːl] abbreviation
absent without leave (used especially in the armed forces when sb has left their group without permission)

He's

gone AWOL

from his base.

(humorous)

The guitarist went AWOL in the middle of the recording.

 
Word Origin:
[AWOL] 1920s: acronym from absent without (official) leave.

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