As in, I cannot away with him, meaning I cannot abide or tolerate him. Is this usage still current anywhere? I was reminded of it by the following in Harington’s translation of Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, Bk 1, Canto 79
The liquor thus with secret venim mingled,
Makes her to stand so stiffely in the nay,
On whom Renaldos heart was wholy kindled,
Though scarce to looke on him she can away,
But from his sight desiring to be singled,
With soft low voice the Pagan she doth pray,
That he approch no nearer to this Knight,
But flie away with all the speed he might.
This sense is quite common in pre-20th century texts but I have a vague recollection of encountering it in modern dialect. Scots, maybe? Here’s the OED entry, unrevised since 1885 so not helpful, although it does mark use with the infinitive as obsolete.
a. = Get on or along with, put up with; tolerate, endure, bear.
1477 J. Paston in Paston Lett. & Papers (2004) I. 505 My chargys be gretter than I maye a-weye wyth.
1526 Bible (Tyndale) Matt. xix. f. xxvjv, All men can not awaye with that saynge.
1530 J. Palsgrave Lesclarcissement 419/1, I agre with meate or drinke. I can away with it.
1587 A. Fleming et al. Holinshed’s Chron. (new ed.) III. 27/1 He..could well awaie with bodilie labour.
1606 G. W. tr. Justinus Hist. 85 b, They might enure themselues..to away with hardnesse and sparing.
1622 R. Sanderson Two Serm. Boston i. 58 He being the..Father of lies..cannot away with the Truth.
1642 Sir T. Browne Relig. Medici 98 Some..can with greater patience away with death.
1748 S. Richardson Clarissa IV. xxiii. 119 That saucy fleer, I cannot away with.
1841 T. Carlyle On Heroes iv. 195 Idolatry..is a thing they cannot away with.
1869 M. Arnold Culture & Anarchy (1882) 42 Jacobinism..cannot away with the inexhaustible indulgence proper to culture, the consideration of circumstances, etc.
†b. with inf. Obs.
1580 T. North tr. Plutarch Lives (1676) 183 Notwithstanding the People..could well away to live like Subjects.
1598 R. Bernard tr. Terence Andria i. ii, in Terence in Eng. 16 Men that be in loue, can ill away to haue wiues appointed them by others.
Anybody seen or heard this in modern usage?