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or take-off

[teyk-awf, -of] /ˈteɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
a taking or setting off; the leaving of the ground, as in leaping or in beginning a flight in an airplane.
a taking off from a starting point, as in beginning a race.
the place or point at which a person or thing takes off.
a humorous or satirical imitation; burlesque.
Machinery. a shaft geared to a main shaft for running auxiliary machinery.
a branch connection to a pipe, electric line, etc.
Origin of takeoff
First recorded in 1820-30; noun use of verb phrase take off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The takeoff isn't so nice, I'll admit, but after that you're just sailing free.

    Runaway William Morrison
  • "This is as good a spot for takeoff as we'll find," he said to Sanchez.

    Wind Charles Louis Fontenay
  • Might as well be cement for all the good it did me at takeoff.

    The Dope on Mars John Michael Sharkey
  • He hustled Groverzb out to a freight ship that was warming up for takeoff.

    Quiet, Please Kevin Scott
  • Shut the front damper—open the back one—then takeoff a griddle.

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll
Word Origin and History for takeoff

also take-off, "caricature," colloquial, 1846, from earlier sense of "thing that detracts from something, drawback" (1826), from take (v.) + off. Meaning "act of becoming airborne" is from 1904 in reference to aircraft; in reference to jumping, it is attested from 1869.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for takeoff



: and if it comes to a take-off thing in the street


  1. An imitation, esp of a famous person, actor, etc; an impression: You should hear her takeoff of Liz Taylor (1846+)
  2. A robbery, esp an armed street robbery or mugging: He always uses the mugger's jargon for a street robbery: ''take-off '' (1960s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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