carry off


carried off; carrying off; carries off

transitive verb

: to cause the death of
the plague carried off thousands
: to perform or manage successfully : bring off
tried to look suave but couldn't carry it off

Examples of carry off in a Sentence

the con artist would never have been able to carry off his schemes if it were not for the greed of his eager victims pray that the pestilence does not carry off any more souls than it already has
Recent Examples on the Web On Monday night there was more bad news for the Clippers when backup center Mason Plumlee was carried off the court by members of the team’s medical staff during the third quarter after a collision with Julius Randle. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 They’re bound by frustration, by a need to offload the burdens of their parents’ misdeeds and expectations — a breaking free that Webb’s fabulous Larry ultimately carries off with style. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 The team competition started on a tough note for Team USA, with Joscelyn Roberson, who trains alongside Biles at World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas, sustaining an injury in warmups and being carried off the podium before the first rotation. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 6 Oct. 2023 She was tended to by trainers during several minutes of stoppage before being carried off the field during the 21st minute. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 28 July 2023 Amid the horrific stories of Israeli communities murdered and people carried off as hostages by the Hamas attackers, the acute vulnerability of Israel’s tens of thousands of migrant workers, many from Southeast Asia, has often been overlooked. Regine Cabato, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 Jefferson went 2 for 2 against the top unit on defense and AJ Green had a pair of runs to either side of the line, with a carry off left tackle gaining good yardage. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 20 Sep. 2023 Backup running back Kyle Owens had no idea his night would end this way, carried off the field on the shoulders of his offensive line. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2023 The matchup between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers was suspended after Patriots cornerback Isaiah Bolden was carried off the field on a stretcher after taking a hit. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of carry off was circa 1640

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“Carry off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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