carry off


verb (tr, adverb)

to remove forcefully
to winhe carried off all the prizes
to manage or handle (a situation) successfullyhe carried off the introductions well
to cause to diehe was carried off by pneumonia

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Idioms and Phrases with carry off

carry off

1

Handle successfully, win, as in It was a difficult situation, but he managed to carry it off gracefully, or They carried off first prize. [First half of 1800s]

2

Cause the death of someone, as in The new African virus carried off an entire village. This usage is less common today. [Late 1600s]

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