carry away


carried away; carrying away; carries away

transitive verb

: to arouse to a high and often excessive degree of emotion or enthusiasm
The girl was carried away by her pity.Winston Churchill

Examples of carry away in a Sentence

the beauty of the music carried him away
Recent Examples on the Web Even just 12 inches of rushing water can carry away most cars and 2 feet can carry SUVs and trucks. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2024 The changes came hours after F.B.I. agents raided the prison, carried away documents and computers, and sought to interview prison employees, according to The Associated Press. Tim Arango, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Many have now drawn comparisons between that era and what Mahomes has started doing with the Chiefs, but the quarterback is not getting carried away with the hype. Ben Church, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 By implication, individuals do not need to be carried away with the quick benefits. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Jan. 2024 But don’t get carried away with the unattainable goal of poreless skin. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Of course, companies tend to get carried away when navigating a period of rapid advancements and intense public interest. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 26 Mar. 2024 Sometimes David allows himself to get carried away like everyone else. Danielle Amir Jackson, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2024 As warm air from a room passes over the evaporator coils, the refrigerant absorbs the ambient heat, evaporates and carries away the heat through a condenser unit that sits outside a building. Sabrina Weiss, WIRED, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carry away was circa 1829

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“Carry away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

carry away

: to arouse strong feelings or enthusiasm in

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