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1Remove clothing from one's or another's body:‘she took off her cardigan’
remove, doff, divest oneself of, shed, strip off, pull off, peel off, climb out of, slip out of, shrug off, throw off, cast off, fling off, fling aside, discardView synonyms
- ‘He took his clothes off and threw them down a banking before driving to his mother's house.’
- ‘Their ties were taken off, shoelaces removed, like common criminals.’
- ‘Then the clothing is taken off and preserved - usually hung to dry so that its DNA evidence will not be destroyed by decomposition.’
- ‘Rebecca Lloyd-Smith, prosecuting, told the jury the defendant took off his shirt.’
- ‘After washing him up, and taking his outer clothing off, she was about to leave when a heavy hand came up behind her and pulled her down.’
- ‘But did you intend to do so, which is why you took the clothes off your upper body?’
- ‘Colin gently laid her body on her bed and Meila took her shoes off and covered her body with her duvet cover.’
- ‘The man just got out of the car, casually took his coat off, threw it into the car, calmly walked around to the car in front and lamped the driver.’
- ‘You can't take that suit off, but your body will resume its former masculine shape.’
- ‘Leanne then realized she should remove her hat and took it off, placing it under her chair.’
2Deduct part of an amount.
deduct, subtract, take away, removeView synonyms
- ‘It went up to $44.99 but then they took off $10 because we bundled with the internet, and that makes it $34.99.’
3Choose to have a period away from work:‘I took the next day off’
- ‘In fact what made the journalists so angry was that many of the bosses chose to take the night off.’
- ‘I like their new stuff, but I agree that they took a long period off and people don't know what to expect.’
- ‘After my hit single I chose to take a year off to write my autobiography and produce this new album.’
- ‘Anyway, I took the week off from work; they wanted to deduct that from my vacation pay.’
- ‘And he took a night off last fall from ‘World News Tonight’ so that he could do the radio broadcast of a big benefit concert there.’
- ‘For any of you who can take some time off over this period, it will be just the best way to explore the countryside of Thailand.’
- ‘After she took a few years off to start a clothing business, Burke's acting career is back in high gear.’
- ‘If you feel progressively chillier over a week, take a day off to allow your body to recover.’
- ‘Taking my Constitutionals indoors removes the option of taking the day off and blaming it all on the interaction between sun, earth, and atmosphere.’
- ‘After a continuous seven-year period, John took a year off and he returned in 2003 with renewed enthusiasm.’
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