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    "Order" and "order away for"

    My father was all the while carefully selecting and ordering away for what he and Mother thought we children should grow up with.

    In the above sentence, from Endora Welty's writing, a verb phrase "order away for" is used. Why not just use "order"? What is the difference between "order" and "order away for." What is the meaning of the adverb "away" in this phrase? Any similar examples?

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    Re: "Order" and "order away for"

    He sent away for it. That's how we would say it these days.
    You write an order, and send/order it away to be filled.

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    Re: "Order" and "order away for"

    Thank you! This is helpful.

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    Re: "Order" and "order away for"

    Note that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves time for everyone.
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