bear off

verb

Definition of bear off

transitive verb
1 a :to ward off
b :to remove to a distance :to keep off or clear from rubbing against anything
  • bear off a boat
2 :gain :carry off (something, such as a prize)
intransitive verb
1 :to steer away
2 :to remove the backgammon pieces finally from the board after they are all home

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