absent without leave

adjective

Definition of absent without leave 

: absent without authority from one's place of duty in the armed forces

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Caesar is stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, but has been absent without leave since April 2. Fox News, "AWOL Marine charged in grandmother's murder, police say," 29 Apr. 2018 The report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said 2,537 Afghan trainees have come to the U.S. since 2005, with 6 percent of them going absent without leave. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Man, 48, charged with sex abuse of young child," 23 Oct. 2017 Gase said Timmons, who went AWOL (absent without leave) on Saturday, definitely won’t practice this week or play Sunday when the Dolphins visit the New York Jets. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gase declines to elaborate on Timmons suspension, leaves door open for return," 20 Sep. 2017

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1743, in the meaning defined above

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absent without leave

ab·​sent with·​out leave

Legal Definition of absent without leave 

: absent from one's place of duty in the armed forces without authority

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