take away from (something)

take away from (something)
take away from (something) 1. to reduce something.

You know the company will cut jobs because it will not allow anything to take away from profits.

2. to make something less important.

I don't want to take away from his achievement, but I think he should have thanked his colleagues for their help.

Wearing that kind of outfit takes away from your dignity and self-respect.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of take away (= to remove or subtract one thing from another)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • take away from something — ˌtake aˈway from sth derived no passive to make the effort or value of sth seem less Syn: detract from • I don t want to take away from his achievements, but he couldn t have done it without my help. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • take away from — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms take away from : present tense I/you/we/they take away from he/she/it takes away from present participle taking away from past tense took away from past participle taken away from informal take away from… …   English dictionary

  • take away from — ˌtake a ˈway from [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they take away from he/she/it takes away from present participle taking away from past tense took away from …   Useful english dictionary

  • take away from — PHRASAL VERB If something takes away from an achievement, success, or quality, or takes something away from it, it makes it seem lower in value or worth than it should be. [V P P n] It s starting to rain again. Not enough to take away from the… …   English dictionary

  • take away from — verb To make something seem not so good or interesting. Even the rain couldnt take away from the excitement of the match …   Wiktionary

  • take (something) away from something — take (something) away from (someone/something) to reduce the praise earned by a person or group. She did a lot to help people, and no one should ever try to take that away from her. We made some mistakes, but I don t want to take anything away… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tear something away (from something) — ˌtear yourself aˈway (from sth) | ˌtear sth aˈway (from sth) derived to leave somewhere even though you would prefer to stay there; to take sth away from somewhere • Dinner s ready, if you can tear yourself away from the TV. • She was unable to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tear yourself away (from something) — ˌtear yourself aˈway (from sth) | ˌtear sth aˈway (from sth) derived to leave somewhere even though you would prefer to stay there; to take sth away from somewhere • Dinner s ready, if you can tear yourself away from the TV. • She was unable to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take away — verb 1. remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state (Freq. 5) Their dreams carried the Romantics away into distant lands The car carried us off to the meeting I ll take you away… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take (something) away from someone — take (something) away from (someone/something) to reduce the praise earned by a person or group. She did a lot to help people, and no one should ever try to take that away from her. We made some mistakes, but I don t want to take anything away… …   New idioms dictionary

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