draw off

verb
drew off; drawn off; drawing off; draws off

Definition of draw off

intransitive verb

: to move apart or ahead

Examples of draw off in a Sentence

drew off the fat from the top of the drippings
Recent Examples on the Web When the fermentation is complete and the winemaker is satisfied, the wine is drawn off the skins to begin the aging process. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Polarizing Power of Orange Wine," 7 May 2020 King Guillermo, disrespected by the bettors at odds of 49-1, stalked the early pace, took over in the stretch turn on the dirt in Tampa, and drew off to an easy 4 ¾-length victory. cleveland, "It’s Derby Day and former Indians all-star Victor Martinez has a horse in the race," 1 May 2020 After some setbacks, BP crews succeed in inserting a small siphon tube into the well to draw off some of the leaking oil. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, "A timeline of Deepwater Horizon disaster in Alabama," 19 Apr. 2020 Its inventor, Elisha Perkins, insisted that gently stroking each tractor over the affected area in alternation would draw off the electricity and provide relief. Hannah Fry, The New Yorker, "Big Tech Is Testing You," 24 Feb. 2020 Instead, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both gained by roughly equal amounts, drawing off votes from lower-tier candidates like Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer, rather than from each other. NBC News, "Meet the Press - February 9, 2020," 9 Feb. 2020 But a new example has been found with gas that has been drawn off from a Neptune-like planet. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "White dwarf star covering itself with the atmosphere of a hot Neptune," 5 Dec. 2019 Bush served only one term, beaten by the upwardly mobile country boy Bill Clinton (with the assistance of Ross Perot, an arriviste yahoo, who presumably drew off a considerable number of Republican votes, a prototype of yahoos to come). Doug Henwood, Harper's magazine, "To Serve Is to Rule," 28 Oct. 2019 Yet as economic growth endured and hiring remained robust, millions of people were eventually drawn off the sidelines and resumed their job hunts. Washington Post, "Plentiful jobs but slow growth: 10 facts about the expansion," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of draw off

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Draw off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20off. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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