come off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v come off happen in a particular manner "how did your talk go over?"
    • v come off break off (a piece from a whole) "Her tooth chipped"
    • v come off come to be detached "His retina detached and he had to be rushed into surgery"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: False Bay, on the southern tip of Africa and close to Cape Town, South Africa, is a breeding ground for great white sharks, which feed off the thousands of seals in the bay. However, it is the only area in the known world in which these sharks are known to breach - they attack the seals by coming up vertically, often leaping clear of the water with their prey in their mouths
    • Come off to come away: to turn out: to escape (n. a conclusion: an evasion of duty)
    • Come off &c. (see Come, Go, Show, Take, &c.)
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Quotations

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.”
  • James Joyce
    James%20Joyce
    “He comes into the world God knows how, walks on the water, gets out of his grave and goes up off the Hill of Howth. What drivel is this?”
  • Russell (Wayne) Baker
    Russell (Wayne) Baker
    “Life is always walking up to us and saying, 'Come on in, the living's fine,' and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.”
  • P. D. James
    P. D. James
    “There comes a time when every scientist, even God, has to write off an experiment.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same as Of.

Usage

In literature:

All de big Methodist preachers would come from way off den.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
On our arrival off the Medway, I had just gone down to bed and was undressing, when I heard Fleming come on deck and haul up the boat.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Rub with a little warm oil when the cloth comes off.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Howebber much I wobbles I nebber comes off.
"The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne
All the new landsmen like you suffer horribly from sea-sickness when they first come off.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
The proposed excursion to the Spanish lines did not come off, as the Brilliant put to sea again, on the day fixed for it.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
Rinse till the water comes off clear.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Just wait, I'll set it in some hot water for a bit and then it'll come off.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
Finally, one day, just before a race was to come off, Uncle Asher discovered that his jockey had sold out.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
The surprise has come off!
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Come off the perch there.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Begin tomorrow to go down to the station and grab them as they come off the train.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
Had he not been captured, the fight so close at hand would probably not have come off.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
Unless they do as they ought to do, they shall not come off so easily.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
As I comes off, Sadie grabs me and begins to tell me what a hit I'd made, and how tickled she was, but I shakes her off.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Marse George say he come off mighty light if dat all dey want, 'sides he got plenty of shoats anyhow.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
The lugger's crew hoisted out the bales and kegs, and the men who had come off stowed them away in the boats.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
He is only apprehensive it may not come off.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Big turkey gobbler come up behime And nip him off that sweet tater vine.
"Stubble" by George Looms
She might be mistaken for a whaler coming off a four years' cruise.
"The Land of Fire" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

So when they'd made their game of her,
And taken off her elf,
She roused, and found she only was
A coming to herself.
"Faithless Sally Brown" by Thomas Hood
"'Come all, and let us think,' said she,
'What we can do to please
Your father, for to-day will he
Come home from off the seas.
"The End Of May" by Charles Lamb
Shake off the thoughts of dying too,
And think your life your own;
But death comes hast'ning on to you,
To mow your glory down.
"Hymn 56" by Isaac Watts
No meat did ever pass my lips
Those days. Alas! the sunlight slips
From off the gilded parclose, dips,
And night comes on apace.
"The Chapel In Lyonesse" by William Morris
But I leave all, O Son of man,
Put off my shoes, and come to thee!
Most lovely thou of all I see,
Most potent thou of all that can!
"I Know What Beauty Is" by George MacDonald
"Come with us, do!" the children cried,
But he only shook his head.
"I can't, for I am a Journeying Man,
And I must be off," he said.
"December" by Nancy Byrd Turner

In news:

The Longhorns, coming off a tough road victory, have not played well in morning games.
The song comes off as Taproot meets U2 and it's absolutely chilling.
First novelist Ursu comes off as an Alice Hoffman wannabe who doesn't quite make the grade.
Team SCAN had just come off a memorable season, full of tournament titles, scholarship offers and national rankings for its three teams.
You can cut back on your holiday budget this season without coming off like a grinch.
The Ting Tings are coming off a debut album of energetic pop that gave the duo considerable success, particularly in the United Kingdom.
Coming off the trap line, he was grinning from ear-to-ear.
1 draft pick Blake Griffin will initially come off the bench.
Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best will undergo tests, seeks clearance to come off PUP.
Washingon's Massive Apple Crop Slow To Come Off Trees.
Alabama offensive line 'just wanted to come off explosive,' says guard Chance Warmack (video).
Indian casinos looking to come off the reservation.
Chris Bosh will continue to come off the bench for the Miami Heat.
Chris Bosh said at the Heat's shootaround that he'll be coming off the bench again for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Carson Kelly expected to come off the board early.
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In science:

If dFφ /dA drops off faster than 1/s for all s & s∗ for some s∗ ≪ R, then the dominant contribution to the total force between the sphere and the plate comes from the region where s ≪ R.
Detecting Chameleons through Casimir Force Measurements
As scientists come off of the building phase of the experiment they’re going to be looking for analyses.
The future of charm physics: a discussion
The particles flowing off to infinity represent the ‘Hawking radiation’ coming out of the black hole.
What Exactly is the Information Paradox?
Thus, every element of a PST, which is a vector in OST, can use its own direction as a ”preferred” one when it comes to cutting off near-lightcone region.
Causal set as a discretized phase spacetime
The quark distributions are determined primarily from deep inelastic scattering of both charged leptons and neutrinos off of nuclei, with additional constraints coming e.g.
QCD: Challenges for the Future
These collapse-and-bounce waves will come off at frequencies ∼ 200 Hz to ∼ 1000 Hz, and will precede the boiling waves by a fraction of a second.
Gravitational Radiation -- A New Window Onto the Universe
In this paper I trade off precision against robustness: I sacrifice the precision that comes from assuming a particular equation of state, for the robustness that arises from model independence. A briefer presentation of these ideas can be found in , while a related analysis is presented in .
General Relativistic Energy Conditions: The Hubble expansion in the epoch of galaxy formation
The design is kept such that the instrument can come off the balloon gondola and be put in a Spartan with minimal changes.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
The main uncertainties in the LL contribution (Bijnens et al. (1995), Hayakawa (1995)) come from the lack of knowledge of the off-shell behaviour of the vertices P γ ∗γ ∗ and P ′P ′γ ∗γ ∗ , where P = π0 , η , η ′ and P ′ = π± , K ± .
Report of the Working Group on Goldstone Boson Production and Decay
The small differences between different values of N come from the fact that the neutrino emission is not instantaneously turned off below Tc but suppressed and for a higher N the suppression takes a longer time to complete.
Thermal Evolution of Isolated Neutron Stars. II
The dispersive part of the retarded vertex function, renormalized in accordance with the requirement of causality, does not contain any p2 t -dependent large numbers coming from the UV cut-off.
Scenario for Ultrarelativistic Nuclear Collisions: Space--Time Picture of Quantum Fluctuations and the Birth of QGP
An example is how many branches an evolutionary tree has, which branch comes off from which other and in what sequence.
Does Meaning Evolve?
It should be emphasized that the logarithmic divergence comes from the interplay between the divergence in the density of states and the off-diagonal potential scattering.
Microscopic theory of vortex dynamics in homogeneous superconductors
The roll off near θν = π/2 comes from solutions where (Pν || )2 < 0 and are the result of mismeasurements due to detector resolution, radiation and scattering of the parent kaon in collimators upstream of the decay volume.
Scalar and Tensor Couplings in Kaon Decays
We should note, however, that ma jor contribution to this decay comes from off shell gluon.
Summary of Weak Decays, CKM and CP Violation Session Penguins
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