carry off

Definitions

  • Geppetto Carried Off His Fine Piece of Wood
    Geppetto Carried Off His Fine Piece of Wood
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v carry off kill in large numbers "the plague wiped out an entire population"
    • v carry off remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state "Their dreams carried the Romantics away into distant lands","The car carried us off to the meeting","I'll take you away on a holiday","I got carried away when I saw the dead man and I started to cry"
    • v carry off be successful; achieve a goal "She succeeded in persuading us all","I managed to carry the box upstairs","She pulled it off, even though we never thought her capable of it","The pianist negociated the difficult runs"
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Tasman carrying off dead pup Tasman carrying off dead pup

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to an age old custom, carrying a dead shrew in your pocket wards off rheumatism
    • Carry off to cause the death of: to gain, to win, as a prize: to cause to pass muster, to make to pass by assurance or dissimulation
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “I should like to know who has been carried off, except poor dear me -- I have been more ravished myself than anybody since the Trojan war.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. carier,—Low L. carricāre, to cart—L. carrus, a car.

Usage

In literature:

I am sorry that I even thought of carrying off the lugger, and much more that I mentioned it to you.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Scarcely were they landed, when a band of Indians set upon some men at work and carried off some of them.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
My husband said we should return to Sufeila, and carried off a string of camels.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
Jupiter assumes the shape of a Bull, and carrying off Europa, swims with her on his back to the isle of Crete.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
I always said he was carried off by them.
"Adventures in the Far West" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were on foot, and they carried off their game.
"The Talking Leaves" by William O. Stoddard
I'll carry off the girl.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
We carried him off, and the other two are with him in a grove six miles away, and I have every hope that he will recover.
"At Aboukir and Acre" by George Alfred Henty
But Marya Morevna he carried off home.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Slaves were carried off on two horse wagons to be sold.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
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In poetry:

For to carry him off in a patent coffin
Would they thought be but labour in vain,
So the Undertaker saw it bought of the maker
Who lives by St. Martin's lane.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
With grief and mourning I sit to spin;
My Love passed by, and he didn't come in;
He passes by me, both day and night,
And carries off my poor heart's delight.
"The Girl's Lamentation" by William Allingham
I see you carried off by the wind; the elements
Do not spare you. As in that time when man, having boat
Nor oar, was a sick and pallid monkey
Terror-stricken before celestial walls.
"The Sea-Beast" by Tudor Arghezi
And when ye have captured her carry her to the wood,
Now remember men I wish my injunctions to be understood;
All right, captain, we'll do as we've been told,
And carry her off all right for the sake of the gold.
"Grif, of the Bloody Hand" by William Topaz McGonagall
Impartially the feet of Death at huts and castles strike;
The influenza carries off the rich and poor alike.
O Sestius, though blessed you are beyond the common run,
Life is too short to cherish e'en a distant hope begun.
"In The Springtime" by Roswell Martin Field
And now sir what is your terms with me,
Before I carry off Violet Evesham from the village of Brenchley;
Well Grif, one thousand marks shall be the pay,
'Tis agreed then cried Grif, and you shall enjoy her without delay.
"Grif, of the Bloody Hand" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The cast of the revised Off-Broadway production of Carrie, including leading ladies Molly Ranson and Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie, assembled in a Manhattan recording studio April 17 to record the pop musical for Ghostlight Records.
Seats from an American Airlines 757 are carried off last month at Logan International Airport in Boston.
The 43-year-old former Austrian paratrooper with more than 2,500 jumps behind him had taken off early Sunday in a capsule carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon.
AP In this monitor screen image taken by the Korean Central News Agency, the Unha-3 rocket lifts off from a launch site in North Korea , successfully firing a long-range rocket carrying a satellite.
The American Music Awards kick off at 7 pm Sunday on ABC, and this year finds Oklahoma songbirds Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood yet again vying for the top awards.
The Defense Ministry's website carried photos of the jet taking off from and landing on the carrier.
The Defence Ministry's website carried photos of the jet taking off from and landing on the carrier.
Lionel Messi was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury in a 0-0 draw.
The Yak-42 jet carrying a top ice hockey team crashed while taking off Wednesday in western Russia.
Orlando's hot shooting carried into the fourth and helped it fend off a late Warriors' run that cut the Magic 's lead to 93-83 with less than three minutes to play.
MEXICO — A small plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera went missing early Sunday after taking off from the city of Monterrey, authorities in northern Mexico confirmed Sunday.
The men set off for Vermont on Nov 14 to execute the first pair of murders and had intended to carry on to New York City to kill Bieber between his Nov 28 and 29 concerts in Madison Square Garden, according to reports.
Republican Mitt Romney carries one of his grandsons as he steps off his plane at Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, N.H. New Hampshire has four electoral votes, and Romney wants them.
A Main Hobbies will carry Yokomo's line of off-road and on-road race vehicles, as well as the parts and products to support both racing lines.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) --The debate over concealed carry is still alive in Winnebago County, but the National Rifle Association told board members it might be better to hold off.
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In science:

The IRS observations were carried out using both short and long high resolution modules at 5 fixed cluster positions (including an off-position) using 6 and 14sec ramps (one cycle), respectively.
Spitzer Observations of Supernova Remnant IC 443
As mentioned before, the energy of net disk heating can be carried off by radiation.
General Relativistic MHD Jets
This electric field can in turn drive currents that carry usable energy off to infinity.
General Relativistic MHD Jets
In the beginning fragments with larger lengths are cut off, which hence carry larger momentum along x2 .
On asimuthal anisotropy in fragmentation of classical relativistic string
Similarly, when using the cut-off functions of Lemma 3.2, we will of course choose the ones which are adapted to the phase at hand, but we will not keep track of the indices k , ℓ, m, ǫ0 , ǫ1 , ǫ2 which they carry.
Global existence for coupled Klein-Gordon equations with different speeds
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