look (someone) off

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look (someone) off

In sports, especially American football, to mislead an opponent with one's eyes as to one's intentions in a given play. Looking off the free safety, the quarterback made an incredible pass to his wide receiver down the center of the field.
See also: look, off
References in classic literature ?
Now look off yonder to the East," said the old man, as he began to lead the way across the murky and still smoking plain; "little fear of cold feet in journeying such a path as this: but look you off to the East, and if you see a sheet of shining white, glistening like a plate of beaten silver through the openings of the smoke, why that is water.