Green’s Dictionary of Slang

away adj.

1. in prison; (London) in any prison outside London.

[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘The Man Who Was Away’ in Man from Snowy River (1902) 62: I thought a lawyer ought to know — I don’t know what to say — / You’ll have to do without him, boss, for Peter is away.
[UK]Sporting Times 15 Apr. 2/4: Do the canaries an’ git put away for three months!
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 12/1: Away (London Thieves’ Etiquette), A man is never spoken of as ‘in prison’, though he is there for many a ‘stretch’. [...] ‘Mine’s away, bless ’is ’art,’ the grass-widow of lower life will say, as indication that her husband is in jail.
[UK]S. Scott Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 299: The world will begin to think that I must have been ‘away’.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Undertaker Song’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 333: She hears that Joey Perhaps gets sent away.
[UK](con. 1920s) J. Sparks Burglar to the Nobility 54: When a man has been away a long time [...] he becomes out of touch with ordinary life.
[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 9: college – Jail; the cat was away at college for an education.
[UK]‘P.B. Yuill’ Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 77: ‘Alan’s about due back from bein’ away,’ he said. Away meant Chelmsford nick.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.
[US]L. Bing Do or Die (1992) 6: Your homeboys, the ones who had already been away, told you about that early on.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 44: She stuck by me last time I was away.

2. emotionally satisfied, usu. when intoxicated with drugs or drink.

[UK]N. Dunn Poor Cow 41: One dinner time she had thirteen lagers bought for her. She only drank four, but [...] she was well away.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 113: Flask o’ Jameson’s an a spliff or two an am afuckinwey.

3. successful, as in a seduction.

[Ire]F. Mac Anna Cartoon City 225: They saw him strike up an animated conversation with the dark-haired woman in the black mini dress. The woman ordered drinks, then handed Bob a foaming pint. They all agreed that Bob was away.

In phrases

go away (v.)

1. to go to jail.

[UK]Sporting Times 15 Apr. 2/4: Do the Canarys and go away from three months.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 87: Sparrow had gone away for thirty days.
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 93: Red’s havin a goin-away party-like [...] He’s goin inside.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 54: He took a fall and went away for three years.
[UK]Sunderland Dly Echo 30 Mar. 7/2: If you had had a gun you would have gone away for five years.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 168: She’ll go away a long, long, long time. ’Cause you know she’s got this three-year SS from the last time and like they’ll lay that on her too.
[US]G.V. Higgins Cogan’s Trade (1975) 136: Now I’m going away again [...] and I know she’ll play around.
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 218: I went away for carrying a piece, possession of a weapon.
[UK]J. Hoskison Inside 59: His father went away for his second term of imprisonment for drug-dealing and grievous bodily harm.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 81: They don’t seem to mind going away for stretches.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 244: They think for a minute they’ll go away, they’ll cough up every wiseguy they know.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] They come from a neighborhood where sometimes fathers ‘go away’.

2. to be executed.

[US]D. Runyon ‘The Informal Execution of Soupbone Pew’ in From First to Last (1954) 68: I see some poor stiff that’s been tagged to go away. Some of them make me nervous.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

away from home (adj.) [sports imagery]

of a relationship, usu. sexual, illicit, adulterous.

[UK]Observer 10 Jan. 14: Claiming he ‘had been shagging away from home, a druggie who had been kiting cheques’.
away (with the fairies) (adj.) (also away with it) [fig. uses of SE] (orig. Irish)

1. mentally unbalanced.

[Ire]J.M. Synge Aran Islands (1912) I 52: I turn the conversation to his experience of the fairies. [...] He had seen two women who were ‘away’ with them.
[Ire]S. MacManus Rocky Road to Dublin n.p.: He’s away. He must have met the mist [the ceo draíochta, druid mist] and been taken in it [BS].
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 50: A confused patient may also be ‘away with the fairies’, ‘ga-ga’, ‘doe-doe’, ‘dumbo’, ‘dubbo’ or have ‘lost ’is marbles’.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 11/2: away with the fairies daydreaming or considered unsound in the head. NZA .
[NZ]A. Duff One Night Out Stealing 118: The woman spoke in her dreamy tone. [...] She was away with the fairies.
[UK]Indep. Mag. 26 Feb. 15: Keith Moon was already a pretty wild man, he was away with the fairies.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 363: Even before her stroke, she was a little ... away with the fairies, like.
[UK]T. Black Gutted 196: That fucking jakey was away with it. He was off his nut on meths.
[US]T. Black Ringer [ebook] n.p.: Davie points again, at me this time. ‘Are you away with the bloody pixies, son? [...] I thought I told you about dealing in my club already’.

2. out of this world.

[Ire]Sun. Trib. (Dublin) 1 Dec. n.p.: I had an oul free flick through Hello! God Maggie, that magazine’s away with the fairies, isn’t it? [BS].
get someone away (v.)

(Aus. Und.) to trick, to hoax.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Mar. 13/1: Well, the fact is […] there’s nothin’ to be made ‘on the never’ now; there’s too many on the bloomin’ game. If you cop a mug out of the Metropolitan, and are just a getting him away right, ’bout six of seven in the same line wants to stand in; and that puts the mug fly and chokes him off the push.

In exclamations

away to fuck! (also away to hell!)

a general dismissive excl., usu. Scot./Irish.

[UK]T. Paulin ‘From ‘Landsflykt’ in Fivemiletown 44: Away to hell, England [...] your cheapo novels your daily Godawful papers.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 11: ‘Ye ken she’s really intae ye.’ ‘Kelly? Away tae fuck!’.
[Ire]P. McCabe Breakfast on Pluto 160: Would you go away to fuck out of that!
F. Keane All of These People 215: Get away to fuck, ye Fenian bastard! Go on. Off with ye.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 194: Away tae fuck, ya wee pleb.