bear off


Definition of bear off

transitive verb

1a : 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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