draw off

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 The Suns bench stood up, clapped, and cheered, but those playing for the visiting team couldn’t draw off a raucous road crowd. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2022 The more clay in the soil, the more ditches are needed to draw off the water. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2021 That means the frozen-berry market could draw off more fruit and further limit fresh supplies, said Anthony Gallino, vice president of sales for Bobalu Berries, a California grower, packer and processor. Jesse Newman, WSJ, 5 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 9 Feb. 2020 See More

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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 2 Jul. 2022.

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