Definition of take something off in US English:

take something off

phrasal verb

  • 1Remove clothing from one's or another's body.

    ‘she took off her cardigan’
    • ‘Leanne then realized she should remove her hat and took it off, placing it under her chair.’
    • ‘Their ties were taken off, shoelaces removed, like common criminals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But did you intend to do so, which is why you took the clothes off your upper body?’
    • ‘Then the clothing is taken off and preserved - usually hung to dry so that its DNA evidence will not be destroyed by decomposition.’
    • ‘You can't take that suit off, but your body will resume its former masculine shape.’
    • ‘Colin gently laid her body on her bed and Meila took her shoes off and covered her body with her duvet cover.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He took his clothes off and threw them down a banking before driving to his mother's house.’
    • ‘Rebecca Lloyd-Smith, prosecuting, told the jury the defendant took off his shirt.’
    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, discard
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  • 2Deduct part of an amount.

    • ‘It went up to $44.99 but then they took off $10 because we bundled with the internet, and that makes it $34.99.’
    deduct, subtract, take away, remove
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  • 3Choose to have a period away from work.

    ‘I took the next day off’
    • ‘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 she took a few years off to start a clothing business, Burke's acting career is back in high gear.’
    • ‘I like their new stuff, but I agree that they took a long period off and people don't know what to expect.’
    • ‘If you feel progressively chillier over a week, take a day off to allow your body to recover.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a continuous seven-year period, John took a year off and he returned in 2003 with renewed enthusiasm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact what made the journalists so angry was that many of the bosses chose to take the night off.’