take off meaning

  "take off" in a sentence
1. take off sthtake sth off to remove something that you are wearing:
She took her clothes off and got into bed.
"Hot chocolate?" he asked Dooley, when they'd taken off their coats.
I forgot to take off my make-up last night.
SIMILAR TO: remove
OPPOSITE: put on
2. take off if a plane or bird takes off, it leaves the ground and rises into the air:
The plane took off into the night sky.
What time does your plane take off?
A dog jumped into the lake, and the ducks took off and flew over the park.
► compare lift off
take-off n C,U when a plane rises into the air at the beginning of a flight:
We have to check in at least one hour before take-off.
3. take sth off to arrange to spend some time away from your normal work in order to have a holiday or do something else:
Why don't you take some time off - you need a break.
take a day/week etc off
I take two weeks off every summer and go canoeing, far away from phones or any other links with the office.
take Monday, Tuesday etc off
I'm taking Thursday off to go Christmas shopping.
4. take off to suddenly start being successful:
Handler was a young actor whose career was just about to take off.
Internet shopping will really take off when people become convinced that it's safe to type in their credit card numbers.
take-off n U when a product, business, industry etc starts being successful:
An agricultural revolution took place in the eighteenth century, resulting in an economic take-off.
5. take off informal to leave somewhere suddenly, especially without telling anyone:
What's wrong with Ian? He just took off without saying goodbye.
She was such a wild young girl - I was afraid that one day she might just take off and disappear.
6. take sb off to move someone away to a place, or make them go there with you
+ to
Two people had been dug out of the snow by rescuers, and taken off to hospital.
Myong-Hwan had been home less than ten days when the police came to the house and took him off to jail.
SIMILAR TO: cart off informal
7. take sb off BrE informal to copy the way that someone speaks or behaves in order to make people laugh:
Peter's really good at taking people off. He does Tony Blair brilliantly - it's so funny.
SIMILAR TO: mimic, impersonate
take-off n C when someone copies the way that someone else speaks or behaves in order to make people laugh:
Donna did a brilliant take-off of the principal.
8. take yourself off informal, especially BrE to go somewhere:
I took myself off for a walk, hoping to forget about my problems.
Please, Norman, take yourself off to a tailor and get yourself a decent suit.
His wife had complained of a headache and had taken herself off to bed.
9. take sb off sth to stop someone from doing a particular type of work, usually because they are doing it badly:
Detective Bachinski was taken off the case, and is suspected of taking bribes.
The psychiatrist thinks I'm insane, and they're going to take me off combat duty and send me home.
10. take off sthtake sth offtake sth off sth to take a particular amount or number from a total:
When I complained, they agreed to take $10 off the price.
Will the examiner take points off for spelling mistakes?
SIMILAR TO: deduct
OPPOSITE: add on
11. take sb off sth to stop giving someone a particular type of medicine:
Dr Brown's taken me off Prozac - it wasn't doing me any good.
"You act like my mom before the doctor took her off those pills," said Stu. "They made her like a robot."
OPPOSITE: put on
12. take sth off BrE if a bus, train, or plane service is taken off, it is stopped:
The 6.15 train to London has been taken off.
People who live in rural areas are complaining that many of their bus services have been taken off.
13. take sth off if a play or a television or radio show is taken off, it is no longer performed or broadcast:
The play failed to attract a big enough audience, and was taken off after only a few nights.
take sth off the air (=stop broadcasting a television or radio show)
TV comedy show "Nothing Sacred" was taken off the air, after thousands of people wrote in to complain that it was offensive to Christians.

[American idiom]
to start out a lecture on something; to begin a discussion of something.
My father took off on the subject of taxes and talked for an hour.
My uncle is always launching forth on the state of the economy.
When he launches forth, I leave the room.

[American slang]
to start out speaking on something; to begin a discussion of something.
  My father took off on the subject of taxes and talked for an hour.
   My uncle is always taking off on the state of the economy.

A sharp increase in the price of a stock, or a positive movement of the market as a whole.


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  1. the plane is timed to take off at 5 a.m.
  2. she takes off the prime minister to perfection.
  3. first undo the buttons and take off the shirt!
  4. take off your kit and sit down.
  5. he is going to take off his things and stop with us.

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