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carry off

1. To complete or do something successfully, especially when faced with obstacles. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." I never expected to carry off the party once the caterer suddenly quit, but everyone seems to have had a great time!
2. To steal something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." I think someone carried off our new porch furniture—it's nowhere in sight! Ethel forgot to put that expensive necklace in the safe, and one of the party guests carried it off.
3. To physically move someone or something away from a certain location. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." Luckily, the lifeguard was able to rescue Dan after the current carried him off.
4. To win a prize or contest. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." Everyone was shocked when that little-known band carried off the night's biggest award.
5. To cause one's death. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." Unfortunately, the injuries from the accident were so severe that they carried him off.
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carry someone or something off

to take or steal someone or something. The kidnappers carried the child off. They carried off the child.
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carry something off

 
1. Lit. to take something away with oneself; to steal something. Someone carried off my books! I think someone carried off the lawn chairs last night.
2. Fig. to make a planned event work out successfully. It was a huge party, but the hostess carried it off beautifully. The magician carried off the trick with great skill.
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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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carry off

v.
1. To pick up something or someone and move away: The wind carried off the balloon. The criminal frowned as the police carried him off.
2. To steal something or someone: The bandits broke into the farmyard and carried off the chickens. The painting was the city's most treasured possession until thieves carried it off.
3. To handle or accomplish something successfully: The performance was unrehearsed, but we carried it off without a problem. The host carried off the event beautifully.
4. To win something, as an award or prize: The film carried off four of the top prizes. The prize was $10,000, and I was determined to carry it off.
5. To cause the death of someone: Heart disease finally carried him off. Many pioneers were carried off by fever.
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Some papal scribes of the day alleged he swallowed a fly in a glass of wine, others wrote it was the quinsy that carried him off.
The man was reportedly in moderate condition as paramedics carried him off, according to KCAL (Channel 9), but his condition could not be immediately confirmed by the fire department.
Charvis had feared the worst when Popham lay on the turf and said: "They carried him off with his tongue out.
When Johnson's car approached, the militants in police uniforms stopped his car, anaesthetised him and carried him off.
Had the illness carried him off, Goya would be known to history primarily, if at all, as a minor master of the Spanish Rococo--a painter of cartoons for the Royal Tapestry Factory at Santa Barbara, under the supervision of the Neoclassicist Anton Mengs.
I'm surprised no one has crashed through the transfer window and carried him off in a smash and grab.
Sir," I say, "if you are the one who carried him off, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.
He was noticed by the goddess Eos (Dawn), and she became enamored of him and carried him off for a time.
So foul, in fact, that big John Salley grabbed him, lifted him up and carried him off the stage, accompanied by cheering from the offended audience.
Irons received a loud ovation, and some in the crowd carried him off the beach on his surfboard.
He had the base stolen, but his momentum carried him off the bag after a pop-up slide and third baseman Charles Gipson applied the tag.
San Fernando High 135-pound wrestler Andy Moro exploded up off the mat and leaped into the waiting arms of head coach Mike Castillo, who carried him off to his teammates' embrace during Saturday's City Section championship.
When it was over - when Kentucky had captured its seventh national championship with a 78-69 victory over Utah before 40,509 spectators - the Wildcats fans chanted his name and the players carried him off the court.
The team carried him off on their shoulders,'' sophomore coach Tim Bird said.