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takeoff

or take-off

[teyk-awf, -of]
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noun
  1. a taking or setting off; the leaving of the ground, as in leaping or in beginning a flight in an airplane.
  2. a taking off from a starting point, as in beginning a race.
  3. the place or point at which a person or thing takes off.
  4. a humorous or satirical imitation; burlesque.
  5. Machinery. a shaft geared to a main shaft for running auxiliary machinery.
  6. a branch connection to a pipe, electric line, etc.
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Origin of takeoff

First recorded in 1820–30; noun use of verb phrase take off
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Examples from the Web for takeoff

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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

n.

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.

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