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1. To move hastily from a particular place or thing. We charged off when we heard the sirens approaching. After a few minutes of painting, the kids charged off to the next activity station at the birthday party.
2. To pay for something from a specific account or category of funds. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "charge" and "off." When you're traveling, just charge everything off your company account. A: "Will I get reimbursed if I charge this plane ticket off my personal bank account?" B: "You can just charge it off petty cash."
3. To attribute something to something else (which is stated after "to"). They're a very young team, so we'll charge off this loss to inexperience and nerves.
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to move quickly or run away. He got angry and charged off. Juan charged off to talk to the boss.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Hurriedly depart, run away, as in After a few minutes, she charged off to the next exhibit. This term alludes to the military meaning of charge, "attack impetuously." [Early 1500s]
2. Also, charge against. Consider or count as an accounting loss or expense, as in I'm charging off this purchase to overhead, or Let's charge the new computer against office supplies. [Late 1800s] Also see write off.
3. Attribute to, blame something for, as in We can charge off these errors to inexperience.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.