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I read a sentence: "His ambition, twinned with desperation, resonates with any teenager who wants to journey off to college or move states away for work, in a bid to escape youthful boundaries. " Not sure what is the meaning of the phrase "move states away for". Does it mean quit working?

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"move states away for work" means picking up and move to a different state, far away from his birth state, for a job. "State" meaning another state in, likely, the United States. This is a teenager wanting to leave home to be far away from where he grew up, to find independence.

For example, say he grew up in Oregon, then moves to Minnesota (for a new job, college, etc.). Minnesota is many "states away" from Oregon.

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