take off from

take off from (something)

1. To fly or fly on something away from some place. Our plane is taking off from Denver around 3 PM, so we should get into Newark around 7 or 8, local time. We took off from a tiny airstrip in the middle of the Sahara in a tiny little plane.
2. To depart or move away from some place with great haste. The child took off from his house to go find some help. An eyewitness saw a red sports care take off from the scene of the crime, but couldn't identify anyone inside it.
3. To take time away from some obligation, such as work or school. I'm taking off from work for a few days to get my divorce straightened out. I decided to take some time off from college to help my parents run their business.
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take off from something

to take flight from something or some place. The plane took off from the busy airport right on schedule. We will take off from the airport on one side of town, fly across the city, and land at our destination within 15 minutes.
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All of a sudden there was a big column of black smoke with flames beneath it,'' he said, adding that it appeared the plane crashed after it tried to take off from the hill-bound No.
9, 1997: While preparing to take off from Marrakech, Branson's Virgin Global Challenger tears away by itself in a strong gust of wind.