take off


  • "'Take off your jacket,' Mr. Parsons said."
    "'Take off your jacket,' Mr. Parsons said."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take off remove clothes "take off your shirt--it's very hot in here"
    • v take off take away or remove "Take that weight off me!"
    • v take off make a subtraction "subtract this amount from my paycheck"
    • v take off prove fatal "The disease took off"
    • v take off mimic or imitate in an amusing or satirical manner "This song takes off from a famous aria"
    • v take off get started or set in motion, used figuratively "the project took a long time to get off the ground"
    • v take off leave "The family took off for Florida"
    • v take off depart from the ground "The plane took off two hours late"
    • v take off take time off from work; stop working temporarily
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Castaways Travel, a Houston-area travel agency, offers an all-nude flight to Cancun Mexico. Once the plane reaches cruising altitude, you are allowed to take off all your clothes and roam about the cabin
    • Take off To copy; to reproduce. "Take off all their models in wood."
    • Take off To cut off; as, to take off the head, or a limb.
    • Take off To destroy; as, to take off life.
    • Take off To discount or deduct (from a price); the dealer took off twenty percent on remaining toys.
    • Take off To find place for; to dispose of; as, more scholars than preferments can take off.
    • Take off To imitate; to mimic; to personate.
    • Take off To purchase; to take in trade. "The Spaniards having no commodities that we will take off ."
    • Take off To remove, as from the surface or outside; to remove from the top of anything; as, to take off a load; to take off one's hat, coat or other article of clothing; to take off a coat of paint from a surface.
    • Take off To remove; to invalidate; as, to take off the force of an argument.
    • Take off To swallow; as, to take off a glass of wine.
    • Take off To withdraw; to call or draw away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Flies jump backwards when they take off.
    • Take off &c. (see Come, Go, Show, Take, &c.)
    • Take off to remove: to swallow: to mimic or imitate
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  • Leo Burnett
    Leo Burnett
    “I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.”
  • Glenn Clark
    Glenn Clark
    “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you want to be comfortable -- take an easy job. If you aspire to leadership, take off your coat.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “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.”
  • Hannah More
    “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”


Take the edge off - To reduce the effect of something, usually something unpleasant.
Take your eye off the ball - If someone takes their eye off the ball, they don't concentrate on something important that they should be looking at.
Take your hat off - If you say that you take your hat off to someone, you are showing your respect or admiration.
Take your hat off to somebody - If you take your hat off to someone, you acknowledge that they have done something exceptional or otherwise deserve your respect.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. taken—Scand.; Ice. taka pa.t. tók, pa.p. tekinn); conn. with L. tangĕre, tetig-i, to touch, and with Eng. tack.


In literature:

You'd better go back to the spaceport and take off in your yacht.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Take off my shoe, please, for my foot is swelling, I think.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
I intend to take off in that ship this week end.
"By Proxy" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Take off your hats and thank him!
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
How do you think the Wind would try to make a man take off his coat?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
You can take off earrings.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Take your feet off me.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Then the older ones tramp off to school again and Jinny takes her nap.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
I take off my hat to that book.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann

In poetry:

"Don't you take no sail off 'er,"
The Ol' Man said,
Wind an' sea rampagin'
Fit to wake the dead, —
"What The Old Man Said" by Cicely Fox Smith
"An' if it gits any worse. Mister,
You can come an' call me,
But — don't you take no sail off 'er,"
Said the Ol' Man.
Said 'e!
"What The Old Man Said" by Cicely Fox Smith
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
And colder than these waters are
The stream that takes your limbs at last:
Earth's vales and hills drift slowly past. . .
One shore far off, and one more far
"Boys Bathing" by Muriel Stuart
Nathless the sacred shrine is holy yet,
With its lone floors where reverent feet once trod.
Take off your shoes as by the burning bush,
Before the mystery of death and God.
"In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport" by Emma Lazarus
What would come, think you, if we let him lie
Just as he is? Let him lie there until
The angels take him! He is turned by this
Off from his face beside, as you will see.
"Pippa Passes: Part I: Morning" by Robert Browning

In news:

After an unsuccessful campaign by parents, Sirota decided to create a Facebook event, "Stand Up to Central — Rosh Hashana h," urging peers who identify as Jewish to take off from school on Sept 17 in observance of Rosh Hashana .
The West Coast MC takes off with steely-eyed swagger and smoky beats.
A sea plane takes off Sept 8 at Queen's Landing.
Pedro Alvarez deftly waited out the perfect moment to take off in a sprint.
Shire rep says the field is about to take off, and Shire is poised to play a large role.
Taking off hill at heights of more than 300 feet requires more than just a pair of skis and a fearless attitude for the participants at the Silver Mine Invitational.
Preston Springston takes off in a six-dog sprint class race in Foresthill.
A man takes off his suit and shirt and he's just watching TV, reading.
We both take off to different ends of the Tri-State Area to cover a county fair.
With fall almost here, sales of portable space heater s will start to take off.
Sales of portable space heater s start to take off this time of year.
Could Stevie Johnson take off with the 49ers.
Green Rush Takes Off Locally.
Boeing says North American airlines taking off.
Acting career of Modesto's Pearce taking off.

In science:

Thus, we can subtract off the term ~rmin · ~k in Eq. 24 by taking the product of the transverse velocity of the gravitating body with the minimum separation vector.
The speed of gravity has not been measured from time delays
Take a proper cut-off function χ and define a pseudodifferential operator via the slow scale amplitude χ(x, y )(1 + σ(x, ξ ) − ψ(x, ξ )).
Microlocal analysis of generalized functions: pseudodifferential techniques and propagation of singularities
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
To determine the sensitivity across the field it is necessary to take into account the broadening of the PSF with off-axis angle, as well as changes in the effective exposure and background rate across the field.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
However, we have discovered that it is possible to obtain solutions of low free energy by a method which takes one entirely off the free energy surface.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses