The Collins dictionary says that "to carry away" can mean:

  1. to remove forcefully
  2. (usually passive) to cause (a person) to lose self-control
  3. (usually passive) to delight or enrapture

Is its concrete meaning (to carry something away from here, eg furniture, garbage, luggage) also possible/usual?

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Yes, it is the basic meaning from which the idiomatic "remove forcibly" is derived. But often a different verb can be used "Take the furniture away", for example.

  • It seems to be that not only a different verb can be used, but it is often used. I have always seen "to take away" used instead of "to carry away" (same for "to take out" / "to carry out"). Commented Sep 22, 2019 at 0:33

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