http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/business-english/take-sth-away?q=TAKEN+AWAYtake sth away
to remove something:
The federal government threatened to take away $1 billion in highway funds.
How can one understand this phrase without context ?
Does 'to take away $1 billion in highway funds' mean that government threatened to take the money from somewhere in order to put it in 'highway funds' ?
Is 'highway funds' something like that ?