take time off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take time off take time off from work; stop working temporarily
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Quotations

  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.”

Usage

In literature:

You don't enjoy eating so much as usual, perhaps, but at any rate it is something to do, and takes the edge off your sorrow for a short time.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
How many times during the day had she wanted to take her shoe off?
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis
He felt mortified to learn again for the hundredth time how a prejudice takes the edge off intellect.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The race is to the swift this time, gentlemen, and you'll have to take a long way round if you mean to head me off.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
I want to take my hat off every time I see that father of yours.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
A young lady was in the midst of it, talking so fast that she had not time to take off her cloak and bonnet.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
The State, as we have seen, almost takes his children off his hands from the time they are six years old.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
Genghis Khan from time to time sent off detachments from his army to take him.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
I could take two men and a team, and in two days' time cut the top off this hill here at the Mountain Portage.
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
We want to get a line on the two teams, but both Reddy and myself are too busy just at present to take the time off.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
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In poetry:

Take off thy ever-watchful eye,
The awe of thy rebuking frown;
The dullest slave at times must sigh
To fling his burdens down;
"The Answer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Enough! God knows the time to lift His hand
And take
The veil from off the Memnon, and command
The music to turn purer for His sake.
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
"Time takes the third bar off for him,
He totters down the windy lane.
'Tis Winter, still: the Bend lies dim.
O Lamb, would thou wouldst leap again!"
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
Let's now take our time,
While we're in our prime,
And old, old age is afar off;
For the evil, evil days
Will come on apace,
Before we can be aware of.
"To Be Merry" by Robert Herrick
May nothing in this mournful song
Too much take off your thoughts from time,
For joy should fill your vernal prime,
And peace your summer mild and long.
"With A Copy of: "In Memoriam"" by George MacDonald
At four times seven I take a wife,
And leave off all my wanton ways,
Thinking thereby perhaps to thrive,
And save myself from sad disgrace.
So farewell my companions all,
For other business doth me call.
"The Life And Age Of Man" by Anonymous British

In news:

Please take some time off.
The last time there was controversy in a Miss America pageant, it involved a contestant taking her clothes off.
Take advantage of extra time off this long weekend, and build yourself a new desktop.
Miley Cyrus is working hard to finish her new album so she can take some time off to enjoy being engaged.
The time is now, the off-season is officially over and the Jets will take the practice field in Cortland tomorrow for the first time under new head coach Rex Ryan.
I have a co-worker who takes a lot of time off to deal with her child, who has special needs and gets sick often.
This video takes a turn for the worse at around 50 seconds with bath time, as her hand literally gets eaten off.
Larry Bird is done in Indiana, resigning his post as president of the Pacers on Wednesday to take time off for health issues.
Maybe it's time for the Occupy movement to simply take a bow, step off the national stage for now, and start planning its next big production.
Next time we'll take the shocks off.
Ian hopes he'll soon be free to get up early and take pictures, rather than heading off to a full-time job.
Solid-state storage is just starting to take off as a market, making this a good time jump in.
Taking time off from cellphones, email recharges psychic batteries.
For these two sailors, this one-pot "time to leave" soup takes the edge off a bittersweet departure.
I'm one of those people who has an incredibly difficult time convincing myself to take a key off my keychain.
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In science:

We have also introduced a cut-off at short time in eq. (2), that takes into account the fact that the diffusion approximation is only valid for times larger than τe .
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
The European Molecular Biology Organization offers special grants for young scientists who have taken time off to take care of the family7 .
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
Most importantly, the community must be educated that young researchers should not be penalized for taking a reasonable time off when applying for their next position.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
The taxi-out time is defined as the time between push-back and wheels-off and includes pushback, taxi, and waiting for take-off clearance times.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Therefore average taxi times were computed by subtracting average pushback times and average take-off clearance times from average unimpeded taxi-out times.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
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