a.w.o.l

AWOL

[pronounced as initials or ey-wawl, ey-wol]
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,
a.
to depart from military duty without leave.
b.
to absent oneself without explanation.
Also, awol, A.W.O.L., a.w.o.l.


Origin:
1915–20; A(bsent) W(ith)o(ut) L(eave)

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AWOL or A.W.O.L. (ˈeɪwɒl)
 
adj
military absent without leave; absent from one's post or duty without official permission but without intending to desert
 
A.W.O.L. or A.W.O.L.
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

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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AWOL
absent without leave
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