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    …and away they danced.

    Hi,
    Please help me understand the meaning of away in the sentence from a fairy-tale:
    “It’s the nicest tune we have ever heard”, said all the other fairies and away they danced.
    They stayed where they were and went on talking with Jack later – why away?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: …and away they danced.

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Please help me understand the meaning of away in the sentence from a fairy-tale:
    “It’s the nicest tune we have ever heard”, said all the other fairies and away they danced.
    They stayed where they were and went on talking with Jack later – why away?
    Thanks in advance.

    That's a fairly informal use of 'away' to modify a verb that involves continuity or repetition or lack of inhibition: There she was, talking away, regardless of how stupid she looked.

    An informal way of saying 'carry on' is 'fire away'.

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    Re: …and away they danced.

    Aha, so they danced on.
    Thanks, Bob.

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    Re: …and away they danced.

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Aha, so they danced on.
    Thanks, Bob.
    I don't know the fairy tale, but if a character were reporting the scene, he could be using 'danced away' in the sense of dancing away from the narrator [to the other side of the room]. But the meaning of 'danced on' is more likely.

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    #5

    Re: …and away they danced.

    No, there's no doubt - they went on dancing.

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