write off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v write off reduce the estimated value of something "For tax purposes you can write off the laser printer"
    • v write off concede the loss or worthlessness of something or somebody "write it off as a loss"
    • v write off write something fluently, and without hesitation
    • v write off cancel (a debt)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Write off to cancel by an entry on the opposite side of the account
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Quotations

  • 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.”
  • P. D. James
    P. D. James
    “There comes a time when every scientist, even God, has to write off an experiment.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrítan; Ice. ríta; the original meaning being 'to scratch' (cf. the cog. Ger. reissen, to tear).

Usage

In literature:

No, believe me, Dr. Anstice, you must write Tochatti off the list.
"Afterwards" by Kathlyn Rhodes
I will write off to the governor at once and hear what he says.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
The Lord made me write with so much purity, that I was obliged to leave off or begin again, as He was pleased to order.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
He was still free to write, and he wrote almost every day, though he sent off his budget only once a week.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
The genuine writing of Dickens breaks off at a certain point, and the writing of some one else begins.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
The Hurry of dress prevented my writeing before I sat off.
"Journal of a Young Lady of Virginia, 1782" by Lucinda Lee Orr
You're going of course; and the governor writes me to be off at once.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
He would write to Anastasia, and put off his visit till the next day.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
He went off cheerfully to his letter writing, and Ruth entered the shack she occupied with Helen and Jennie.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
I must hurry off aboard, and write a letter to her.
"Edward Barry" by Louis Becke
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In poetry:

With shadowy pen I write,
Till time be done,
Good news of some strange light,
Some far off sun.
"Lines For A Sun-Dial" by Alfred Noyes
It really ain't the place nor time
To reel off rhyming diction -
But yet we'll write a final rhyme
Whilst waiting cru-ci-fixion!
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
It really ain’t the place nor time
To reel off rhyming diction ;
But yet we’ll write a final rhyme
While waiting crucifixion.
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
The shore whispers to the sea:
"Write to me what thy waves struggle to say."
The sea writes in foam again and again
and wipes off the lines in a boisterous despair.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
I write with tender, feeling heart,
Then kindly read what I impart;
'Tis freely penned, devoid of art,
In homely style,
'Tis meant to ward off Satan's dart,
And show his guile.
"Epistle To The Labouring Poor" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
So swept but surviving, half drowned but still driving
I watched her head out through the swell off the shoal,
And I heard her propellers roar- "Write to poor fellers
Who run such a Hell as the North Sea Patrol!"
"The North Sea Patrol" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Okay, I confess that I am still contemplating the possibilities of Ashfall occurring in real life and people writing off Iowa and states westernly as a dead zone.
With clown-painted faces, Juggalos are easy to write off.
Some 2013 Chevrolet Volt owners report that the Volt's electric motor has suddenly shut off while the vehicle was in motion, Read writes.
You've heard it before: A bunch of longhaired boys from the low country of South Carolina take off into the swamps to write some rock & roll songs.
I took some time off from column-writing to pen a novel, never believing it would be published.
Aaron Tobey got something off his chest by writing something on it back in December.
Roberts writes on the "Good Morning America" Facebook page that her immune system ordinarily would've fought off the virus, but it's "only 59 days old".
Joe Vanderlaan of Brooksville, Florida, writes: Marilyn: I've heard that you shouldn't turn off a fluorescent light when you leave the room unless you're going to be away for several hours.
Too easy to write off.
It would be too easy to write this off as your News of The Weird for the day.
Even if I research, and take notes, I always put off the writing.
Vodafone writes off £5.9bn from the value of its units in Spain and Italy, pushing the firm into a half-year loss.
The virtual conference experience improves—but don't write off the real thing just yet.
For various reasons, most off us don't write down the things we should remember.
Alaska's Lisa Murkowski off to a rocky start as write-in candidate.
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In science:

Here, we have used scaling solutions for the off-critical flows to write the answer for the local susceptibility and have chosen to express the power-law in terms of the dynamical exponent z (δ).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
For ξ ∈ Ω, we write Ωξ Λ for the (finite) subset of Ω containing all configurations ω satisfying ω (e) = ξ (e) for e ∈ E \ EΛ ; these are the configurations which ‘agree with ξ off Λ’.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
To write the model in a manifestly N = (2, 2) covariant form, the algebra must close off-shell.
Generalized Kahler manifolds and off-shell supersymmetry
For J ⊆ I and σ ∈ Σ, we write σJ for the configuration that equals 1 on J and agrees with σ off J .
Random-cluster representation of the Blume-Capel model
Writing down the Tr in (4.1) explicitly, symmetric matrix and dH = QN one sees that this definition is equivalent to saying that each independent element obeys a Gaussian distribution with variance 1 for the diagonal and 1/2 for the off-diagonal elements.
Fluctuations of the one-dimensional asymmetric exclusion process using random matrix techniques
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