send away

Idioms & Phrases

send away

Also, send off.

  1. Dispatch someone or something, as in We send the children away to camp every summer, or I sent off that letter last week. The first term dates from the first half of the 1500s, the variant from the late 1700s.

  2. Order an item, as in I sent away for those gloves last month but they haven't arrived yet. Also see send for, def. 2.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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