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Definition to run away (usually taking something you shouldn't)
  • the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe
absconded = ran away
  • This program, which one of our people absconded with when we left the Capitol, is our most recent information.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • absconded = ran away
  • There were no attendants at home; they had absconded to make merry in honor of the time.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • absconded = run away
  • '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
  • There he was before me, in motley, as though he had absconded from a troupe of mimes, enthusiastic, fabulous.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • That I am absconding with something, attempting some kind of treachery on my sister.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 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
  • It is the nose which has absconded.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Nose
  • Your father has absconded — deserted you — and you mustn't expect to see him again as long as you live.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • At another party, he absconded with an entire keg of beer.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • '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
  • 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
  • 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

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