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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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Kop boss Roy Hodgson watched the Swede at the weekend before dashing off to Tottenham yesterday.
Can I borrow a couple of bucks,'' he blurted out before spying a police car nearby and then dashing off.
In the morning I was with the Scotland training session at Stratford before dashing off to Birmingham and editing a piece for the 6.
But, undeterred Rochie and her man got stuck into a pepperoni feast before dashing off into the night.
After he and Paul McCartney dreamed up the Beatles, Lennon used drawing as a stress reliever, doodling on airline cocktail napkins and dashing off caricatures while puttering at home.
The burly target man was playing for Chris Waddle's old club Tow Law Town and was out in all weathers from 6am until 6pm before dashing off to training two nights a week.
DOCTOR Who star John Barrowman kilted up to wed his gay lover yesterday before dashing off to appear in panto.
She fell asleep in the airport and almost missed her plane before dashing off to catch a flight.
IT'S a case of sip me up before you go-go as George Michael enjoys a quick tipple before dashing off to Paris for a gig.
Sylla, 26, spent just a few precious moments with his baby boy and girlfriend Julie before dashing off to Celtic's Barrowfield base.