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give something off

to release something, such as smoke, a noise, an odor, fragrance, etc. The little animal gave a foul smell off. The flower gave off its heavy perfume at dusk.
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give off

Send out, emit, as in Certain chemical changes give off energy, or This mixture gives off a very strange odor. [Early 1800s]
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give off

v.
To emit, release, or radiate something: This chemical reaction gives off a lot of energy. The refrigerator gave off a strange odor.
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But they do appear to give off more glare than normal lights.
The Notre Dame researcher's lab is studying what smells plants that mosquitoes are attracted to give off.
1 : to give off or cause to give off small bits of burning material or short bright flashes of electricity <The burning wood crackled and sparked.
This means that when the wings absorb a special type of light, called ultraviolet light (or "black light"), they give off a bright blue-green glow.
The Sunnex PM lights give off no peripheral glow, and provide a straight beam of light that focuses only or the task at hand.
More and more scientists believe that people, like insects and other animals, give off pheromones.
THE PowerWatch Network, which is an independent research group, has assessed a wide range of electrical goods that could be potentially hazardous to health because of the electro- magnetic fields they give off.
French lingerie firm Lou, which invented it, said: "It gives women the freedom to choose what odour their bras give off.
Pulsars (see 1967), which had been shown to be rotating neutron stars (see 1968), ought, perhaps, to give off photons of all energies.
Hybrid Slate is part of Nevamar's distinctive Hallmark Series, featuring patterns that give off dynamic luminescent effects.
Our lasers give off a signal that's like throwing sand in the eyes of the missile," said Mohammed Islam.
2 : to give off or out <The teacher's face emanated kindness.
Carbon dioxide is clearly important, but the skin must give off other attractants, too, he reasons.
While metabolizing, or turning the nutrients into energy, the bacteria give off gaseous waste that make you go "toot.
That's the persona and synergy I want to give off,'' says A.