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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.
to move quickly or run away. He got angry and charged off. Juan charged off to talk to the boss.
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.