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.
Word by Word Definitions
: 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
: away from land
: at a distance in space or time
: 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
: office; officer; official
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