take away

take away


  1. something taken back or away, especially an employee benefit that is eliminated or substantially reduced by the terms of a union contract.
  2. conclusions, impressions, or action points resulting from a meeting, discussion, roundtable, or the like: The takeaway was that we had to do a lot more work on the proposal before it could be shown to the governing board.
  3. Chiefly British.
    1. a takeout restaurant: Let’s pick something up at the Indian takeaway.
    2. food from a takeout restaurant: I get Chinese takeaway at least once a week.
  4. Sports.
    1. (in hockey and football) the act of getting the puck or ball away from the team on the offense: The problem with most hockey statistics is they are not very consistent in how they determine takeaways and giveaways.
    2. (in golf) a backswing: I got him a video entitled “Improving the Takeaway in Your Golf Swing” for his birthday.


  1. of or relating to what is or can be taken away: a list of takeaway proposals presented by management.
  2. Chiefly British. takeout(def 7).

verb (tr, adverb)

  1. to deduct; subtracttake away four from nine to leave five


  1. minusnine take away four is five

adjective takeaway British, Australian and NZ

  1. sold for consumption away from the premises on which it is prepareda takeaway meal
  2. preparing and selling food for consumption away from the premisesa takeaway Indian restaurant

noun takeaway British, Australian and NZ

  1. a shop or restaurant that sells such foodlet’s go to the Chinese takeaway
  2. a meal bought at such a shop or restaurantwe’ll have a Chinese takeaway tonight to save cooking

also take-away, 1964 (adj.), 1970 (n.), from take (v.) + away.

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