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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
In the past few years, Lady Gaga doffed a pink cowboy hat for Joanne, Kesha and Miley Cyrus called upon Dolly Parton for Rainbow and Younger Now, respectively, and Justin Timberlake spackled banjo upon breakbeats for Man of the Woods.
That night Beria enters the maid's cell, doffing his coat, and Iannucci fades to black; the next morning she's sent home with her parents and a bouquet of flowers.
Parishioners, guests and visitors are encouraged to wear festive bonnets, caps and fedoras to the event, where they will be doffed for a celebratory toast.
The singer was renowned for doffing his shirt and ripping around onstage like the Tasmanian Devil.
Washington arrived in New York by boat on April 23, greeted at a wharf on the East River by a cheering, hat-doffing crowd.
While her brother reluctantly doffs his astronaut's helmet and learns to navigate a public sphere amid taunts and stares, Via embarks on her momentous first year of high school.
Werth doffed his batting helmet to the crowd before his final at-bat.
After the final out, the team along with the coaching staff doffed their caps and saluted the crowd of 30,293 to a large ovation.
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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)
DOFF Defined for Kids
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