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drain off

To flow or move off of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drain" and "off." Now that we've fixed the gutters, the rain should drain off of our roof nicely.
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drain something off something

 and drain something off to cause or permit something
to flow from the surface or contents of something. Drain some of the broth off the chicken. Drain off the fat at the bottom of the pan.
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References in classic literature ?
Don Quixote consented, and he, taking it with both hands, in good faith and with a better will, gulped down and drained off very little less than his master.
There was a bath in that corner, from which the water had been hastily drained off.
It by no means follows that because a man is a sexton, and constantly surrounded by the emblems of mortality, therefore he should be a morose and melancholy man; your undertakers are the merriest fellows in the world; and I once had the honour of being on intimate terms with a mute, who in private life, and off duty, was as comical and jocose a little fellow as ever chirped out a devil-may-care song, without a hitch in his memory, or drained off a good stiff glass without stopping for breath.
As soon as the water has drained off, he creeps up the little creeks that men think would not hide a dog, and there he waits.
Metro trains (Photo #2) were covered in mud once the water was drained off, as was the control room (Photo #3) that will probably have to have all new equipment.
He also claimed that Nawaz had drained off his ill-amassed wealth and assets abroad, and "has sold his soul to the US".
For most locales, the building code dictates how quickly the water must be drained off, but usually no longer than 24 hours after the rain has ceased.
He said water wells and water tanks should be sealed off properly and stagnant water and pools must be drained off.
There is quite a lot of blood under the muscle that has congealed and needed to be drained off.
Much of the oil has been drained off and that the fire has been confined to one particular tank, Carney said.
But engineers have again drained off water so that the lake now stands 7ft below its normal level.
urgeons in Auckland, New ealand, drilled a tiny hole into is skull and drained off the lood.
We know our pension cash has been drained off to things such as Iraq.
Richard had a little fluid drained off a knee and that put him back a few days, no more,' said manager Lennie Lawrence.
Water is drained off the roof at two points into freestanding concrete troughs mounted on the granite cliff face, from where it is discharged down the hillside in a snaking open channel.