drain off

(redirected from drain off to cause or permit)

drain off

1. To flow or move off of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drain" and "off." Now that we've fixed the gutters, the rain should drain off of our roof nicely.
2. To cause a liquid to flow or move off of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drain" and "off." Drain off some of that excess water to free up more space in the pot for the other ingredients.
See also: drain, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

drain something off something

 and drain something off to cause or permit something
to flow from the surface or contents of something. Drain some of the broth off the chicken. Drain off the fat at the bottom of the pan.
See also: drain, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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