spirit off

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spirit off

To take, sneak, or carry someone or something away in a mysterious, secretive, or furtive manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spirit" and "off." Often used in passive constructions. Someone spirited off the suspect just before he was due to be arraigned in court. Evidence of the politician's involvement in the scandal appears to have been spirited off. The sneaky child spirited the candy off while no one was looking.
See also: off, spirit

spirit someone or something off (to some place)

to hurry someone or something away, presumably unnoticed, to another place. Aunt Jane spirited the children off to bed at half-past eight. She spirited off the leftover roast beef.
See also: off, spirit