English verbs of motion feel almost naked without a little adverb such as up, down, through, over or away, at least in conversational English. The prepositional phrase adds additional information. Because “away” and “from” have similar ideas, “away from” is a common collocation.


"Similar ideas" means roughly "similar meanings".
I'd like to know what "common" means.

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    In this context it means commonly occurring or commonly used. That is, it's a collocation that occurs frequently or is used often.
    – Brandin
    Commented Dec 16, 2022 at 12:47
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    In your first choice, do you mean "shared by the two words"? For example, if I say that you and I have a common friend, then that's a more specific meaning of common which means that the friend is one that we have in common. I.e. it's one that is shared by you and me.
    – Brandin
    Commented Dec 16, 2022 at 13:18
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    "occurring or appearing frequently" according to Merriam-Webster
    – gotube
    Commented Dec 16, 2022 at 19:08
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    @Aaaaaaassssss Are you asking about the etymology of the collocation "away from" or the meaning of "common"?
    – gotube
    Commented Dec 17, 2022 at 2:29
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    @Aaaaaaassssss Then ask a second question about that. This question is about the meaning of "common".
    – gotube
    Commented Dec 17, 2022 at 16:53

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I would agree with the comments by  Brandin, gotube, and others. Here "common collocation" means simply that this two-word expression occurs frequently, or is often used by fluent speakers.

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