reel off

reeled off; reeling off; reels off

Definition of reel off

transitive verb

1 : to tell or recite readily and usually at length reel off a few jokes to break the ice
2 : to chalk up usually as a series

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Examples of reel off in a Sentence

he's able to reel off the names of all the U.S. presidents, in historical order and without pausing her friend proceeded to reel off the roster of losers that she had dated over the years

First Known Use of reel off

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reel off was in 1837

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“Reel off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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