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English definition of “do away with something”

do away with something

phrasal verb with do    /du/ verb (present tense does  /dʌz, dəz/, past tense did  /dɪd/, past participle done  /dʌn/)
to get rid of or destroy something: The governor is proposing to do away with the state transportation department.
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