push off

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verb (adverb)
Also: push out to move into open water, as by being cast off from a mooring
(intr) informal to go away; leave
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How to use push off in a sentence

  • Then get against the side of the tank, and placing the ball ten or twelve feet away, try to secure it with one hand on a push-off.

    Swimming Scientifically Taught|Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
  • Here we made the “tinkering” and the “first push-off” shots.

    Down the Columbia|Lewis R. Freeman

Other Idioms and Phrases with push off

push off

Also, shove off. Leave, set out, depart, as in The patrol pushed off before dawn, or It's time to shove off. This usage alludes to the literal meaning of a person in a boat pushing against the bank or dock to move away from the shore. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

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