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carry off

1. To complete or do something successfully, especially when faced with obstacles. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." I never expected to carry off the party once the caterer suddenly quit, but everyone seems to have had a great time!
2. To steal something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." I think someone carried off our new porch furniture—it's nowhere in sight! Ethel forgot to put that expensive necklace in the safe, and one of the party guests carried it off.
3. To physically move someone or something away from a certain location. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." Luckily, the lifeguard was able to rescue Dan after the current carried him off.
4. To win a prize or contest. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." Everyone was shocked when that little-known band carried off the night's biggest award.
5. To cause one's death. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "off." Unfortunately, the injuries from the accident were so severe that they carried him off.
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carry someone or something off

to take or steal someone or something. The kidnappers carried the child off. They carried off the child.
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carry something off

 
1. Lit. to take something away with oneself; to steal something. Someone carried off my books! I think someone carried off the lawn chairs last night.
2. Fig. to make a planned event work out successfully. It was a huge party, but the hostess carried it off beautifully. The magician carried off the trick with great skill.
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carry off

1. Handle successfully, win, as in It was a difficult situation, but he managed to carry it off gracefully, or They carried off first prize. [First half of 1800s]
2. Cause the death of someone, as in The new African virus carried off an entire village. This usage is less common today. [Late 1600s]
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carry off

v.
1. To pick up something or someone and move away: The wind carried off the balloon. The criminal frowned as the police carried him off.
2. To steal something or someone: The bandits broke into the farmyard and carried off the chickens. The painting was the city's most treasured possession until thieves carried it off.
3. To handle or accomplish something successfully: The performance was unrehearsed, but we carried it off without a problem. The host carried off the event beautifully.
4. To win something, as an award or prize: The film carried off four of the top prizes. The prize was $10,000, and I was determined to carry it off.
5. To cause the death of someone: Heart disease finally carried him off. Many pioneers were carried off by fever.
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He carried off the Yardley Cup, on Saturday, mastering the firm fairways and slick greens to card nett scores of 67 and 71 off his two handicap and finish two shots clear of Kal Chima (70/70) and Brett Mander (69/71).
North East breweries have carried off an armful of national awards from the Society of Independent Brewers (Siba).
He has been trying hard to persuade Khaldoon to get Real Madrid to part with Portuguese enforcer Pepe, and the sight of Nastasic being carried off may have strengthened his case.
But the way Bravo landed and was carried off, it's not looking good for the talismanic cricketer.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger apologised for the challenge by captain Cesc Fabregas which led to Wolves defender Stephen Ward being carried off on a stretcher during the Gunners' 2-0 win at Molineux.
Savard was on the ice for several minutes, being attended to by a Penguins team doctor, before being carried off.
An excellent performance of Carmen, carried off by a mere 15 singers
EVERTON boss David Moyes faces an anxious wait after seeing Mikel Arteta carried off on a stretcher at Newcastle.
The 31-year-old was carried off just three minutes after coming on as a substitute at the San Siro.
The sight of Richards being carried off in the 1-0 win at the Reebok Stadiumwas a matter of concern for manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and national coach Steve McClaren.
Maybe, and one September day a fall/From high, down past a many-windowed wall,/In Baghdad a boy carried off, the blue/His jeans were at the seat dark from a small/And obvious stain--fall after fall to rue.
Fearing she might have suffered neck or shoulder injuries as a result of the collision, Danhakl was fitted with a neck brace, placed on a backboard and carried off the field on a stretcher.
When he dies, she is carried off to Jamaica, and "sold" as a wife to a wealthy and evil plantation owner even though she considers herself betrothed to a childhood friend who is now a naval officer.
Corbett was booked for a foul on Anthony Griffin while Shane Duff was carried off on a stretcher with a leg injury after chasing Husbands.
This warning was validated when al-Qaeda terrorists carried off multiple bombings in Saudi Arabia on May 13th and five more bombings in Morocco on May 16th -- killing at least 75 people.