One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Leave a formation or group by veering away.‘the pace was much too hot for Beris, and he peeled off after five laps’
- ‘Slowly I get up to the lights, then across them, and the traffic is clearing, as the town centre road peels off, then the next road.’
- ‘They marched out in regular formation, peeling off two by two at each main street to patrol their beats on foot.’
- ‘As they stare in horror at the old house, the cries suddenly cease and the stoic hero peels off, his tires squealing on the gravel country road.’
- ‘The two Interceptors split their formation and peeled off in different headings.’
- ‘Now the second swimmer sprints for 65 strokes, then peels off for the third swimmer's lead.’
- ‘He leads the charge, towing his teammates round for a lap; his team mate takes over as he peels off.’
- ‘You can hear the rush of wings and the odd cry, but mainly it's a silent movement with birds joining in the aerial display, or peeling off in formation.’
- ‘Then, for your second session, the pace car peels off, and you're free to push the car as fast as you want to go.’
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