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Those things are always put away in my pocket.

Those things are always tucked away in my pocket.

Do these mean the same thing? The first sentence makes me think of the action of putting something away, but the second sentence makes me think that the action has already been done, and those things are already in the pocket.

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Both sentences mean much the same thing, but have slightly different connotations.
Tucked away sounds like the items have been hidden, and perhaps are small and fit snugly into their current location. Put away is more general and suggests that items have been placed into their normal storage location (which might not be hidden from view).

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+1 for the mention of tucked away and hidden. Tucked often has this implication: "He tucked the knife into the fold of his sleeve." This connotation is strong enough to make it into my local dictionary as part of the definition. –  MrHen Mar 30 '11 at 0:16
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Both sentences mean the same thing. Like tucked in your second example, put in your first example would usually be construed as an adjective meaning "being in place," as in "stay put."

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