- something taken back or away, especially an employee benefit that is eliminated or substantially reduced by the terms of a union contract.
- conclusions, impressions, or action points resulting from a meeting, discussion, roundtable, or the like: The takeaway was that we had to do a lot more work on the proposal before it could be shown to the governing board.
- Chiefly British.
- a takeout restaurant: Let’s pick something up at the Indian takeaway.
- food from a takeout restaurant: I get Chinese takeaway at least once a week.
- (in hockey and football) the act of getting the puck or ball away from the team on the offense: The problem with most hockey statistics is they are not very consistent in how they determine takeaways and giveaways.
- (in golf) a backswing: I got him a video entitled “Improving the Takeaway in Your Golf Swing” for his birthday.
- of or relating to what is or can be taken away: a list of takeaway proposals presented by management.
- Chiefly British. takeout(def 7).
also take-away, 1964 (adj.), 1970 (n.), from take (v.) + away.