doff your shirt, and it can make you all-powerful, as it does Shane Carwin of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Ivory Coast is “The Elephants,” Nigeria “The Super Eagles,” but doff your cap to Cameroon: “The Indomitable Lions.”
There were rumors, too, that nuns might be permitted to doff their habits and move through the world like 'normal' people.
But his was not the nature of Epaminondas, to doff his natural supereminence and sweep the streets.
Without rising, Zuchin asked me to have some vodka and to doff my tunic.
How reverently do they help her doff her little cloak of silk and lace!
The soul must doff her close-clinging habits of prejudiced thought.
Yes, and, when I hear the name of this enthusiast, I doff my hat.
The deputy, who until now had forgotten or neglected to doff his hat, did so.
That's reet; naa then, doff that coite, and hev a soup o' tay.
mid-14c., contraction of do off, preserving the original sense of do as "put." At the time of Johnson's Dictionary  the word was "obsolete, and rarely used except by rustics," but it was saved from extinction (along with don) by Sir Walter Scott. Related: Doffed; doffing.