put off


  • "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
    "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v put off avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) "He dodged the issue","she skirted the problem","They tend to evade their responsibilities","he evaded the questions skillfully"
    • v put off cause to feel embarrassment "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
    • v put off cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
    • v put off take away the enthusiasm of
    • v put off hold back to a later time "let's postpone the exam"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Benjamin Franklin had poor vision and needed glasses to read. He got tired of constantly taking them off and putting them back on, so he decided to figure out a way to make his glasses let him see both near and far. He had two pairs of spectacles cut in half and put half of each lens in a single frame. Today, we call them bifocals.
    • Put off to lay aside: to baffle or frustrate: to defer or delay: to push from shore:
    • Put off (Shak.) to discard
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Do it this very moment, Don't put it off, There's no use in doing a kindness, if you do it a day too late.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Don't put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today.”
  • Aaron Burr
    Aaron Burr
    “Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
  • George H. Lonmer
    George H. Lonmer
    “Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.”
  • Olin Miller
    Olin Miller
    “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”


Put off your stride - If you put someone off their stride, you distract them and make it hard for them to do or complete a task.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. potian, to push; prob. Celt., as Gael. put, W. pwtio.


In literature:

This was the reason why my trial was put off during several sessions of the court.
"Secret Band of Brothers" by Jonathan Harrington Green
Had he been going to dine with the incoming Prime Minister, he would have put off his engagement at her request.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
At his earnest request Ducie had put off his own journey to stay with him.
"The Argosy" by Various
Discouraged, and so nerve-racked that she was on the point of tears, the girl put off the attempt.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Dey didn't put no boards or nothin' over de coffins to keep de dirt off.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I can't put it off much longer.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Another we had to put off at St Omer, on the off chance of saving his life.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
But it would be weak to put off the evil moment, and he would not yield.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The rest gained the boats, and all put off.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
I suppose you'll think I'm "preambling" now, to put off the evil moment of telling you about Ellaline de Nesville's girl.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson

In poetry:

Their name! Let me hear it -- the symbol
Of unpaid -- unpayable debt,
For the men to whom I owed God's Peace,
I put off with a cigarette.
"Woodbine Willie" by Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy
Thou'rt not put off with barren leaves,
Or dung of earthly-pelf;
More wealth than heav'n and earth he gives,
Thy Husband's thine himself.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
No, worse than that. It's like a trench:
You sit and wait the word to start
And not far off, another waits
To put a bullet through your heart.
""The sense that love is coming's worse..."" by Konstantin Simonov
"O boatman, boatman, put off your boat!
Put off your boat for gowden monie!
I cross the drumly stream the night,
Or never mair I see my honey."--
"Annan Water" by Andrew Lang
Let the wild leopards of the wood
Put off the spots that nature gives,
Then may the wicked turn to God,
And change their tempers and their lives.
"Hymn 160" by Isaac Watts
STILL in thy love I trust,
Supreme o'er death, since deathless is thy essence;
For, putting off the dust,
Thou hast but blest me with a nearer presence.
""Still In Thy Love I Trust."" by Annie Adams Fields

In news:

Why accomplish today what you can put off until next year.
Don't put off the cure for procrastination .
Thomas Jefferson once said you should never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Schedule that annual health exam you've been putting off.
Placer supes put off decision on 150-unit Penryn apartment project.
Abdo sentencing put off until Friday.
Workers Put Off Job Hunting—for Now.
Careers / Workers Put Off Job Hunting—for Now.
Never Put Off Until Tomorrow… By Debbie Baldwin Ladue News.
Don't put off the basics when starting your biz.
BCT rezoning showdown put off .
Library cuts put off until July.
Portage County Commissioners, in a stalemate on hiring a fiscal director, have put off action on the 2013 budget until the new board is seated and the cash carryover from this year is certified.
Don't Put Off Til Tomorrow.
Cuts put off Signal Point work.

In science:

Another interesting observation results from putting w = 0 in the transformation formula (22) and then using the normalization of P (T β ) (u) which can be read off from Eq. (12) for ν = 0.
Norm-dependent Random Matrix Ensembles in External Field and Supersymmetry
Since the divergence comes from the lower end of the integration, the bulk of the integration is finite, and to calculate it we can put ǫ = 0, therefore obtaining just the finite part of the cut-off regularization.
Gluon scattering in ${\cal N}=4$ Super Yang-Mills at finite temperature
By using a trick of putting H and H† in off-diagonal blocks of a 2 × 2 block matrix X (diagonal blocks are zero matrices), a Gaussian matrix X is obtained whose AEM (conditional) has a simple mapping with the AEM of HH† .
Asymptotic Eigenvalue Moments of Wishart-Type Random Matrix Without Ergodicity in One Channel Realization
To the contrary, dipolar field in the depth of a uniformly magnetized cylinder provides the dipolar bias that puts the system off resonance and makes the transition rate Γ very small.
Fronts of spin tunneling in molecular magnets
It is to be noted that the emphasis is put in what can be readily achieved with currently deployable technology, using as much off the shelf systems as possible and limiting to a minimum the modifications done to what, in essence, is a standard network environment.
QKD in Standard Optical Telecommunications Networks