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 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 Imaging of the star revealed streams of gas being drawn off the disk by its companion star, RW Aur B. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Star’s dimming and brightening may indicate it’s eating a planet," 20 July 2018 The scenario was similar in the $250,000 GII Princess Rooney Stakes, however it was long shot Stormy Embrace who gained control of the race in the far turn and drew off to a six-length win. Tim Dwyer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "X Y Jet wins Smile Sprint at Gulfstream; long shot Stormy Embrace earns spot in Breeders’ Cup," 30 June 2018 With public encouragement, longstanding business titans may increasingly be drawn off their thrones into political campaigns. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, "Why CEOs Make Great Politicians," 14 June 2018 There aren’t any sweeping conclusions to draw off one outing for any pitcher, even less so for one making his 26th career start. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Joe Musgrove Will Be a Staple of the Pirates Rotation If He Can Command His Cutter," 30 May 2018 Thursday’s result: Eric the Trojan ($8.40) rolled home from last and drew off nicely through the final 100 yards to easily win the fifth race. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Our best 1-2 Kentucky Derby punch —Jon White and XBTV," 27 Apr. 2018 Nine of 10 people around the world are exposed to dangerously high levels of pollutants that can lead to cancer and cardiovascular diseases, according to the study, which drew off the most-recent 2016 data. Bloomberg.com, "Air Pollution Kills 7 Million People a Year, WHO Reports," 1 May 2018

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drew%20off. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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