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    to lather away - meaning

    Can you help me, please?

    What does the verb 'lather away' mean in the following context?

    As they were sitting thus, all at once a hare came running across the field. “Ah, ha, just in time,” said the barber. So he took his basin and soap, and lathered away until the hare drew near, then he soaped and shaved off the hare's whiskers whilst he was running at the top of his speed, and did not even cut his skin or injure a hair on his body. "

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    Re: to lather away - meaning

    From http://www.dictionary.reference.com/

    noun
    A foam formed by soap or detergent agitated in water, as in washing or shaving.

    transitive verb
    To spread with lather.

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    Re: to lather away - meaning

    thank you..

    i wasn't sure because i found the particle 'away' a bit confusing and thought the meaning of the verb might have been changed

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    Re: to lather away - meaning

    Oh, I see.

    In that context "away" is synonymous with freely, at will. e.g., to lather freely, not sparingly.

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