drained off; draining off; drains off
Definition of drain off
1 : to cause (a liquid) to flow away from something or to leave the surface of something When the beans have cooked long enough to be tender, drain off the water and set them aside.
2 : to take (something important or valuable) from something An independent candidate could drain off votes from either party.
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