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Examples of doff in a Sentence
He doffed his cap as he introduced himself.
They doffed their coats when they came inside.
Recent Examples of doff from the Web
The moment when the much maligned coach compelled even his most ardent of dissenters to doff their caps in respect?
For one thing, there are way more cars on the road and the concept that drivers should be extra-cautious in residential neighborhoods has largely gone the way of doffing your hat.
In other moments, Connolly doffs his cap to GoodFellas, sudden outbursts of grisly violence set to popular music.
The senior left-hander then doffed his cap in response to the standing ovation from the Goss Stadium crowd of 3,960, but what came next caught him off-guard.
The speaking ceremonies ended, Mayor Benbough doffed his official coat and with a cap supplied by Cedric Durst, Padre outfielder, a glove and ball, strode toward the mound to warm up for the initial pitch.
The elderly Carr doffs his bathrobe to become his younger self to participate in his encounters with the others, who also include his manservant, Bennett (Patrick Kerr), who harbors revolutionary sympathies.
Dozens of young women have been arrested for doffing their headscarves in public to protest the official dress code.
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doff vs Don
Time was, people talked about doffing and donning articles of wear with about the same frequency. But in the mid-19th century the verb don became significantly more popular and left doff to flounder a bit in linguistic semi-obscurity. Doff and don have been a pair from the start: both date to the 14th century, with doff coming from a phrase meaning "to do off" and don from one meaning "to do on." Shakespeare was first, as far as we know, to use the word as it's defined at sense 2. He put it in Juliet's mouth: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet. / … Romeo, doff thy name; / And for that name, which is no part of thee, / Take all myself."
DOFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of doff for English Language Learners
: to take off or remove (a hat or a piece of clothing)
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