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the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe
  to run away (usually taking something you shouldn’t)
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abscond absconded absconding absconds absconder
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  • the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe
  • This program, which one of our people absconded with when we left the Capitol, is our most recent information.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • There were no attendants at home; they had absconded to make merry in honor of the time.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • How the faeries were able to enter Alicante and abscond with the prisoners from the house given to the representative of the Fair Folk; how Sebastian was able to conceal troops from us at the Citadel; why he spared Mark Blackthorn—not out of fear of angering the faeries but out of respect for their alliance.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • Before I finished meting out the bags, Richard was poking Lincoln in the belly because Lincoln had coveted Richard’s vampire mask and subsequently absconded with it.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • A month ago I was, with my men, in hot pursuit of a band of unidentified Scottish bandits who had absconded with a small herd of cattle from an estate near the border, when—
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • At another party, he absconded with an entire keg of beer.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • ’FIVE GUINEAS REWARD ’Whereas a young boy, named Oliver Twist, absconded, or was enticed, on Thursday evening last, from his home, at Pentonville; and has not since been heard of.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • That a big, black, tropical cat managed to survive for more than two months in a Swiss winter without being seen by anyone, let alone attacking anyone, speaks plainly to the fact that escaped zoo animals are not dangerous absconding criminals but simply wild creatures seeking to fit in.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • There he was before me, in motley, as though he had absconded from a troupe of mimes, enthusiastic, fabulous.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness

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  • That I am absconding with something, attempting some kind of treachery on my sister.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • In 1995, the leader of a commercial expedition absconded with tens of thousands of dollars of his clients’ money before the trip even got off the ground.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Simply absconded somewhere.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But the ironic aftermath is that, when Paris absconded with Helen, the Greek princes were bound to go to Troy by this same oath to defend Helen and her husband.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Others write plays with such heedlessness that, after they have been acted, the actors have to fly and abscond, afraid of being punished, as they often have been, for having acted something offensive to some king or other, or insulting to some noble family.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Your father has absconded — deserted you — and you mustn’t expect to see him again as long as you live.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • …Indian, whom they designed to make a sacrifice of, in order to devour; but just as they were going to give the fatal blow, methought the poor designed victim jumped away, and ran directly into my little thick grove before my fortification, to abscond from his enemies, when perceiving that the others did not follow him that way, I appeared to him; that he humbly kneeled down before me, seeming to pray for my assistance; upon which I showed him my ladder, made him ascend, carried him to…
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • And, indeed, the merchants tell many a true tale of shiftlessness and cheating; of cotton picked at night, mules disappearing, and tenants absconding.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • As her rigid and rusty frame goes down upon its hands and knees, in quest of the absconding marbles, we positively feel so much the more inclined to shed tears of sympathy, from the very fact that we must needs turn aside and laugh at her.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • In other respects the true Dodson was partly latent in Tom, and he was as far from appreciating his "kin" on the mother’s side as Maggie herself, generally absconding for the day with a large supply of the most portable food, when he received timely warning that his aunts and uncles were coming,—a moral symptom from which his aunt Glegg deduced the gloomiest views of his future.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It is the nose which has absconded.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Nose
  • ’There’d be no more reason for Kemp to abscond with your wife’s loaner than there would be for him to abscond with her Pinto,’ Masen said.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Why, asked the Aurora, had the President of the United States "absconded" from the seat of government at a time when the public mind was "exceedingly agitated"?
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Critics felt, in the words of John Baugh, that the Oakland School Board "was trying to abscond with the limited bilingual education funding available for students for whom English is not native."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • This question chimed in so well to the tolling of a certain thought of mine that, with the image of the absconding renegade in my eye, I answered at once, "Hanged if I know, unless it be that he lets you."
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Originally, the absconding soldiers had traveled to the Florida city with the intention of visiting York’s family; once there, however, York decided it might be unwise to contact his parents; his father sometimes had quite a temper.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • An absconding bank clerk, a mysterious suicide, a missing typist-which will you have?
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • ’It’s a curious coincidence,’ I said, ’but that absconding clerk, Davis, was from the same bank as Simpson.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • He departed, disappeared, vanished, absconded; and absurdly enough it looked as though he had taken that gharry with him, for never again did I come across a sorrel pony with a slit ear and a lackadaisical Tamil driver afflicted by a sore foot.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • ’There’d be no more reason for Kemp to abscond with your wife’s loaner than there would be for him to abscond with her Pinto,’ Masen said.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • I knew a man that was under misfortunes, being guilty of misdemeanors against the goverment; when, absconding for fear of his ruin, all his friends advising him not to put himself in the hands of the law, one morning as he awaked, he felt a strong impulse darting into his mind thus, _Write a letter to them;_ and this was repeated several times to his mind, and at last he answered to it, as if it had been a voice, _Whom shall I write to?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Clearly he must have shifted the scene of his operations farther west, because a year later he plays an incredibly audacious, but not a very profitable part, in a serio-comic business in Manila Bay, in which a peculating governor and an absconding treasurer are the principal figures; thereafter he seems to have hung around the Philippines in his rotten schooner battling with un adverse fortune, till at last, running his appointed course, he sails into Jim’s history, a blind accomplice…
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • On their last night in Acapulco, a thief had stolen the Gibson guitar-absconded with it from a waterfront cafe" where he, Otto, Dick, and the Cowboy had been bidding one another a highly alcoholic goodbye.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
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