reel off

reel off
verb
1. unwind from or as if from a reel
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unreel the tape

Syn: ↑unreel
Hypernyms: ↑reel
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

2. recite volubly or extravagantly
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He could recite the names of all the chemical elements

Syn: ↑rattle down, ↑rattle off, ↑spiel off, ↑roll off
Hypernyms: ↑recite
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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transitive verb
Etymology: reel (II)
: to tell or recite fluently

reeled off the story of his life

reeled the figures off without hesitation

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reel off
To utter rapidly and fluently
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Main Entry:reel

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ˌreel ˈoff [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they reel off he/she/it reels off present participle reeling off past tense reeled off past participle reeled off] phrasal verb
to say a list of things quickly and without much effort
Thesaurus: to make a list, or to add something to a listsynonym types of listhyponym
Main entry: reel

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reel (something) off
say or recite something rapidly and without apparent effort

she proceeded to reel off in rapid Italian the various dishes of the day

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reel off [phrasal verb]
reel (something) off or reel off (something) : to say (something) easily and quickly

She reeled off the right answers without hesitation.

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Main Entry:reel

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