Definition of drain off
- When the beans have cooked long enough to be tender, drain off the water and set them aside.
- An independent candidate could drain off votes from either party.
: to draw off (liquid) gradually or completely
: to cause the gradual disappearance of
: a means (such as a pipe) by which usually liquid matter is drained
: the act of draining
: a gradual outflow or withdrawal : depletion
: from a place or position
: at a distance in space or time
: from a course : aside
used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union
: to seaward of
: from the possession or charge of
: more removed or distant
: to go away : depart
: kill, murder
: competition : contest
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