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Hello: in the following sentence I can't understand the meaning of "churning away":

"The rest of his wardrobe was presently in the washing machine churning away in the enclosed back porch".

Thank you for your help.
  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    In your example, "churning" describes the action of the washing machine: the clothes are being agitated in the water. Here, the word "away" is simply an mild intensifier to underscore the continuing motion.
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