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
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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
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