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dust off

1. To remove dust and dirt from someone or something by patting or wiping. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." After sliding into third base, I got up and dusted myself off. Here, take this rag and dust off the TV stand before grandma gets here.
2. To ready something (often by retrieving it from storage) so that it can be used again. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to dust off the Christmas decorations!
3. slang In baseball, to throw a pitch at or very close to the body of the batter. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." Don't be afraid to dust off the batter a bit if he's crowding the plate.
4. To ready oneself for something that one used to do, often after something unpleasant has happened. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "dust" and "off." I know you struggled last season, but it's time to dust yourself off and start fresh this season.
5. To punch or beat someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." I ran to get a teacher when I heard the school bully threaten to dust off another kid in our class.
6. To kill or defeat someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." No one expected the highest-seeded team to be dusted off so early in the playoffs.
See also: dust, off

dust someone off

Sl. to punch or beat someone. We dusted them off one by one. We had to dust off all those big guys. dust someone or something off to wipe or brush the dust off someone or something. Dust this vase off and put it on the shelf. Please dust off this vase.
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dust off

1. Restore to use. For example, I've dusted off last year's menu for the party. This usage alludes to cleaning and thereby renewing some object. [Mid-1900s]
2. Pitch a baseball dangerously close to the batter's head, as in I'm sure he dusted him off on purpose. [Slang; 1920s]
3. Finish off, kill; also, easily defeat. For example, They vowed to dust off the old man, or We'll dust off this team in no time. [Slang; c. 1940]
4. Thrash, beat up, as in If he didn't hand over his wallet, they threatened to dust him off. [Slang; 1920s]
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dust off

v.
1. To remove dust from something or someone by brushing or wiping: I dusted off the old trunk in the attic. We picked up the antiques and dusted them off.
2. To restore something to use: The mechanic dusted off that old engine and sold it. I dusted off last year's winter coat and put it on.
See also: dust, off
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Dust off those golf clubs or that tennis racket and hit the gym.
Once you blow the dust off the war of independence and see the truly revolutionary impulses of those fighting, you learn our country owes its freedom to a rebellious spirit that was written out of history by the founding fathers," he adds.
Dr Chantal Nicholls, representing the Health and Safety Executive, which brought the prosecution, told the court that the hoses had been incorrectly used at the firm for blowing dust off workers' clothes.
The editors promise to be fair and thorough, their evaluators will be anonymous lest a pulpit orator, spotting an invigilator in the congregation, might quickly dust off an effort that won praise in the past.
Fall is the perfect time of year to fire up the crock-pots and dust off those cold-weather recipes.
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TELECOMS giants Cable & Wireless are planning to dust off demerger proposals that will see the group split their UK and international arms, it was reported yesterday.
DUST off your vinyls and sing some classic 60s hits at an all-day harmony singing workshop.
Perhaps I could dust off part of the response you were kind enough to print last time.
Dust off your drapes and beetle crushers, Hillheads Residents Association are holding a fund-raising Rock & Roll Night at Whitley Bay Residents Club, Hillheads, Whitley Bay on Saturday, February 10 from 7pm until 11.
It's time to tighten the shoulder pads, adjust the facemasks and dust off the uniforms.
OLDER folk in Sandwell are being urged to dust off their dancing shoes and make their way to West Bromwich Town Hall, in the High Street, for a special tea dance next week.
Weekend Warrior has enabled us to dust off our guitars and drum kits.
Warmed gases stream toward colder regions, and this wind lifts more dust off the ground, further heating the atmosphere.