make off

make off
verb
run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
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The thief made off with our silver

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the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe

Syn: ↑abscond, ↑bolt, ↑absquatulate, ↑decamp, ↑run off, ↑go off
Derivationally related forms: ↑decampment (for: ↑decamp), ↑bolt (for: ↑bolt), ↑abscondment (for: ↑abscond), ↑absconder (for: ↑abscond)
Hypernyms: ↑flee, ↑fly, ↑take flight
Hyponyms: ↑levant
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

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[verb]
1. flee, bolt, clear out (informal), run away or off, take to one's heels
2. make off with: steal, abduct, carry off, filch, kidnap, nick (slang, chiefly Brit.), pinch (informal), run away or off with

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RUN AWAY/OFF, take to one's heels, beat a hasty retreat, flee, make one's getaway, make a quick exit, run for it, make a run for it, take off, take flight, bolt, make oneself scarce, decamp, do a disappearing act; informal clear off/out, beat it, leg it, cut and run, skedaddle, vamoose, hightail it, hotfoot it, show a clean pair of heels, fly the coop, split, scoot, scram; Brit. informal scarper, do a runner; N. Amer. informal take a powder.
make

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intransitive verb
1. : depart

said good-bye and made off to his next appointment

2. : to run away : escape

the animals make off when danger appears

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make off
To decamp
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Main Entry:make
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make off and make off with see under ↑make1
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Main Entry:off

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ˌmake ˈoff [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they make off he/she/it makes off present participle making off past tense made off past participle made off] phrasal verb
to leave quickly, especially after doing something wrong

The kids made off when they heard us coming.

Thesaurus: to leave a place or person quickly or suddenlysynonym
Main entry: make

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leave hurriedly, esp. in order to avoid duty or punishment

they made off without paying

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make off [phrasal verb]
1 chiefly Brit : to leave quickly especially in order to escape

After taking the money, the thieves made off toward the main highway.

2 make off with (something) : to take or steal (something) and go away

Someone broke into the office and made off with some valuable equipment.

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Main Entry:make

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ˌmake ˈoff derived
to hurry away, especially in order to escape
Main entry:makederived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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