In act II, scene 1, of Measure for Measure, Elbow says:

Elbow. Come, bring them away: if these be good people in a Common-weale, that doe nothing but vse their abuses in common houses, I know no law : bring them away.

I did some research on ShakespearesWords.com and on Wiktionary, and found only bring off. Does it mean to take someone away?

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    Elbow seems to speak a load of nonsense on his appearance, making malapropisms and saying other strange things; and the scene is full of paradoxes, puns, and language play. I'm sure if you get a good scholarly edition of the play it will explain in more detail.
    – Stuart F
    Sep 28 at 9:27
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    @All If you know the answer, write an answer and justify it. Do not comment.
    – Andrew Leach
    Sep 28 at 12:56
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    I could have sworn I left a comment here that addressed only the meaning of away and did not address bring, so it wasn't an answer. Sometimes thoughtful comments on one aspect of a question may turn on a lightbulb for someone else.
    – TimR
    Sep 28 at 18:17

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Not exactly. It is the usual difference between take and bring. If he had said “take them away”, it would have been a demand that the people in question be separated from him and removed to another place. But “bring them away” is a demand that they be brought with him as he goes before Angelo – not separated from him.

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