carry off

carry off

  1. To transport away.
    I need a truck to carry off all this furniture.
  2. To steal or kidnap
    • 1913, Elizabeth Kimball Kendall, A Wayfarer in China
      In spite of the importance of this route it remained until a few years ago very insecure. Overhung almost its entire length by the inaccessible fastnesses of Lololand, the passing caravans dared journey only with convoy, and even then were frequently overwhelmed by raiders from the hills, who carried off both trader and goods into the mountains, the former to lifelong servitude.
    Bandits carried off most of the money.
  3. (idiomatic) To act convincingly; to succeed at giving the impression of (e.g.) knowledge, confidence, or familiarity.
    The actress carried off a difficult performance.
  4. To cause the death of.
    Malaria carried off many people.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], volume I, London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
      I was now entering on my fifteenth year, when the worſt of ills befell me in the loſs of my tender fond parents, who were both carried off by the smallpox, within a few days of each other; […] .
  5. To win (a prize, etc.).
    After a closely-fought match, Oxford carried off the trophy.

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