Definition of send someone off in US English:

send someone off

phrasal verb

  • 1Instruct someone to go; arrange for someone's departure.

    ‘she sent him off to a lecturing engagement’
    • ‘Some men from the village chose the four to go with me, arranged all of it and sent us off.’
    • ‘I better send James off to exchange them for more lightweight paper…’
    • ‘We knew, of course, that my marriage would be arranged and that I would bring the family honor when I was sent off to be married.’
    • ‘After which they can pump up the girl, give her instructions, and send her off to ‘avenge’.’
    • ‘Alas now if he posted such extracts someone would probably complain that they were commercial posts and send him off to stand in a corner like some naughty little boy.’
    1. 1.1 (of a referee, especially in soccer or rugby) order a player to leave the field and take no further part in the game.
      ‘the player was sent off for rough play’
      • ‘Although he wasn't sent off, the referee booked him, taking his season's points tally to 41 and resulting in a three-match ban.’
      • ‘His intervention, however, was deemed premature by the referee and he was sent off for handling outside his area.’
      • ‘They had spent two hours talking about him without criticising him once, not even when he became only the second man to send someone off in a Cup final.’
      • ‘If I was the referee I'd have sent him off - it was a terrible challenge.’
      • ‘Imagine my horror when the referee - who was FA approved - sent me off for deliberate handball.’
      • ‘David was sent off for kicking another player after a tackle.’
      • ‘Ah, happy memories of my rugby playing days (I think there were two rugby playing days in total before I was sent off for ignoring the game altogether and chatting with my mate).’
      • ‘In 2001, a fifth division player in Sweden was jailed for attacking a referee who had sent him off.’
      • ‘Football chiefs have warned that attacks on referees are leaving the game dangerously short of officials at grassroots level - after an amateur player was convicted of punching a referee who sent him off.’
      • ‘But City have seen a copy of Crick's report to the FA which mentions that Combe was sent off for assaulting the referee.’
      order off, tell to leave the field, dismiss
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