absent without leave
absent without leave definition by Webster's New World
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Mil. absent from duty without official permission but with no intention of deserting: abbrev. AWOL
absent without leave definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjectiveThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Absent from one's assigned military post or duties without official permission; AWOL.
absent without leave - Legal Definition
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The act of being away from one’s military duties or post without permission but with no intent of deserting. Abbreviated as AWOL. See also desertion.
absent without leave - Phrases/Idioms
Away without permission or explanation, as in Her daughter went to the mall but got in trouble for being absent without leave. The term and its acronym, AWOL, originated in the American military during World War I for soldiers absent from duty without permission (leave). It later was transferred to civilian situations, as in John didn't just cut his Tuesday classes; he went AWOL.