carry off
   to cause the death of
   It is used of dying from an epidemic or sudden illness:
    ... if one of the characters did happen to be carried off in the course of nature... (N. Mitford, 1949)

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  • carry off — (something) to succeed in doing something. A shaggy dog named Bugsy carries off some of the most amusing moments in the play. She said she never lies because she doesn t have a good enough memory to carry it off …   New idioms dictionary

  • carry off — index carry away, dislodge, distrain, hijack, hold up (rob), kidnap, loot, perpetrate …   Law dictionary

  • carry off — ► carry off 1) take away by force. 2) (of a disease) kill. 3) succeed in doing. Main Entry: ↑carry …   English terms dictionary

  • carry off — verb 1. kill in large numbers the plague wiped out an entire population • Syn: ↑eliminate, ↑annihilate, ↑extinguish, ↑eradicate, ↑wipe out, ↑decimate • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • carry off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms carry off : present tense I/you/we/they carry off he/she/it carries off present participle carrying off past tense carried off past participle carried off 1) to deal successfully with something difficult Both… …   English dictionary

  • carry off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you carry something off, you do it successfully. [V n P] He s got the experience and the authority to carry it off. [Also V P n (not pron)] 2) PHRASAL VERB If you carry off a prize or a trophy, you win it. [V P n (not pron) …   English dictionary

  • carry off — verb a) To transport away. I need a truck to carry off all this furniture. b) To act convincingly; to succeed at giving the impression of (e.g.) knowledge, confide …   Wiktionary

  • carry off — phr verb Carry off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑award, ↑booty …   Collocations dictionary

  • carry off — Synonyms and related words: abduce, abduct, accomplish, achieve, annihilate, bear the palm, bereave of life, bring about, bring off, bring through, bring to effect, bring to pass, capture, carry, carry away, carry into effect, carry into… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • carry off — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To win] Syn. earn, gain, get; see deserve , obtain 1 . 2. [To abduct] Syn. shanghai, capture, make off with, carry away; see kiDNAp , obtain 1 , seize 2 . 3. [To achieve] Syn. do, triumph, accomplish, handle, take care of,… …   English dictionary for students

  • carry off — transitive verb Date: circa 1680 1. to cause the death of < the plague carried off thousands > 2. to perform or manage successfully ; bring off < tried to look suave but couldn t carry it off > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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