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AWOL

[pronounced as initials or ey-wawl, ey-wol] /pronounced as initials or ˈeɪ wɔl, ˈeɪ wɒl/
adjective, adverb
1.
away from military duties without permission, but without the intention of deserting.
noun
2.
a soldier or other military person who is absent from duty without leave.
Idioms
3.
go AWOL,
  1. to depart from military duty without leave.
  2. to absent oneself without explanation.
Also, awol, A.W.O.L. a.w.o.l.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; A(bsent) W(ith)o(ut) L(eave)
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British Dictionary definitions for a w o l

AWOL

/ˈeɪwɒl/
adjective
1.
(military) absent without leave; absent from one's post or duty without official permission but without intending to desert
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Word Origin and History for a w o l
awol
military acronym for absent without leave. The -o- seems to be there mostly so the acronym can be pronounced as a word. In U.S. military use at least from World War II, popular use by 1960.
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Slang definitions & phrases for a w o l

AWOL

adjective

Absent without leave

noun

A person who is absent without leave (Armed forces fr WWI)


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Related Abbreviations for a w o l

AWOL

absent without leave
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Idioms and Phrases with a w o l
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