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bear off

1. To carry or transport someone or something away. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "bear" and "off." We sat teary-eyed on the platform as the train bore our only son off to college. A team of laborers began bearing off pieces of the debris one at a time.
2. In sailing, to steer the boat away from the direction of the wind. The helmsman began shouting for the crew to bear off in order to gain a burst of speed from the increasing wind.
3. In sailing, to steer the boat away from some obstruction or other hazard. Be sure to bear off those rocks. The last thing we need now is a breach in the hull.
4. In backgammon, to clear a checker off the board, the objective of the game. Now that all of his checkers are home, he can begin bearing off.
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bear off (of something)

To turn or veer off of a road. This phrase is often given as an instruction to someone who is driving. Now bear off of this road and then take the highway entrance to the right.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bear off (of something)

to turn off a road or course. Bear off the main road to the left. Don't bear off too sharply.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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With no one on board who understood navigation, discussions soon arose as to their whereabouts; and as three days' sailing to the east did not raise land, they bore off to the north, fearing that the high north winds that had prevailed had driven them south of the southern extremity of Africa.
Today he turned to the picture of the huge bird which bore off the little Tarmangani in its talons.
William and Kate can bore off. Don't get me started on Eugenie etc.
I like the energy of that because you watch some panel shows and they're just stuck behind this panel and you're like, "Bore off!".
You watch some panel shows and you're like, 'Bore off '."
"When I came in I was saying to the boys 'who is going to be in the team of the week?' - some probably thought bore off Smart.
"For everyone screaming that #meghanmarkle is disliked due to her heritage and feminist views, bore off. There are many many reasons why she is disliked, mainly dishonesty and extreme spending from clothes to renovations," one netizen wrote on (https://twitter.com/superscuba83/status/1091304988347977733) Twitter , adding that there's no other royal who has sparked the same level of outrage.