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dash off

1. To leave quickly. In this usage, "dash off" is a set phrase. The burglar dashed off as soon as he heard the security alarm. I'm sorry to dash off, but I'll miss the bus if I don't leave now.
2. To do or make something quickly, especially to write, bake, or cook something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dash" and "off." At the very least, just dash a note off to Aunt Mildred and thank her for the gift.
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dash off (somewhere)

To quickly and suddenly leave (to some place). I'm just going to dash off to the pub for a quick pint. She dashed off as soon as the exam was finished.
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dash something off

to make or do something quickly. I will dash this off now and try to take more time with the rest of them. I will see if I can dash off a cherry pie before dinner.
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dash off

1. Write or sketch hastily, as in I'm just going to dash off a letter. [Early 1700s]
2. Hurry away, depart hastily, as in He dashed off as though he was being chased. This usage employs the verb dash in the sense of "impetuously run" or "rush," a usage dating from about 1300.
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dash off

v.
1. To depart in a hurry: When the bell rang, he excused himself from the lunch table and dashed off to class.
2. To write or draw something hurriedly: She dashed off a note that explained where she was going. He dashed a memo off to the staff explaining the new dress code.
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Without a second thought, she dashed off - topless - to extinguish the flames.
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Andrew, aged 27, from Erdington, said: "My colleagues and I realised the poor cat had been locked in without food or water for a week so dashed off to get her some water.
Mick Channon's grey gave Catlin his third win in four days on his sole mount before he dashed off to ride at Doncaster's evening meeting, though the success came at a price in the shape of a
She dashed off from the awards ceremony to revise for her GCSEs, after making the point that it would have been seen as sick if it had happened three months ago, when she was 15.
FOUR-YEAR-OLD Thomas Flower dashed off this picture with his felt tips - and won himself pounds 20 worth of goodies.
That double left Woody just two behind Peter Scudamore's all-time record of 1,678 wins before he dashed off to Newbury to ride in the last race there.
Quinn, sporting a natty tartan jerkin, dashed off to catch his plane South clutching a bottle of sponsors' Lang's whisky.
Amy Winehouse, 26, who was hanging out at the Absolute radio area, dashed off yelling: "Has anyone got a lighter?
On a recent journey a dog, without a lead, dashed off the bus at the wrong stop and the driver was abused by its irate owner for not closing the bus doors quickly enough.
Pendle Hill was Johnson's first ride for trainer Peter Beaumont, who dashed off to saddle Hussard Collonges in the bumper at Wetherby.
And he had no intention of resting on his laurels as he dashed off to catch a flight home for just one day off before travelling to Spain for the next event.
"Ulrika made sure as many people as possible got her autograph, and then dashed off to catch a plane, none the wiser about what had happened."