carry off

verb

Definition of carry off

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

Examples of carry off in a Sentence

  1. the con artist would never have been able to carry off his schemes if it were not for the greed of his eager victims

  2. pray that the pestilence does not carry off any more souls than it already has

First Known Use of carry off

circa 1680

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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carry off Synonyms

Synonyms

claim, croak [slang], destroy, dispatch, do in, fell, kill, slay, take;

Antonyms

animate;

Phrases

do away with, make away with;



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