One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Leave hurriedly, especially in order to avoid duty or punishment.‘they made off without paying’
run away, run off, take to one's heels, beat a hasty retreat, flee, make one's getaway, make a quick exit, make a run for it, run for it, take off, take flight, bolt, fly, make oneself scarce, leave, abscond, decamp, do a disappearing actView synonyms
- ‘He added: ‘We need to trace anyone who saw the assault, or the suspect making off.’’
- ‘This time the men stole jewellery and money before making off towards the town centre.’
- ‘He eventually came to a stop in Chestnut Avenue, and tried to make off on foot, but he was surrounded by officers.’
- ‘The warning follows a number of incidents in which members of the public have made off from taxis without paying their fares.’
- ‘Terrified workers fled into a store room at the sight of the men who ransacked the cash till and safe before making off.’
- ‘He also admitted making off without paying a £22 taxi fare.’
- ‘The father-of-two said he had seen the criminals making off down the cycle path.’
- ‘The man took hold of the woman's handbag and dragged her to the floor before making off on foot.’
- ‘The robber stole cash before making off on foot and turning left in the direction of Braintree.’
- ‘He was seen kicking her on the ground, before making off in the direction of Clapham Old Town.’
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