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drain off

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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
shouted the travellers, draining off their goblets.
Well, that's enough," said McGinty, draining off his glass.
At Oxford, the quantity of wine was unlimited, but the quality was inferior: but when quantity and quality united as at his aunt's house, James showed that he could appreciate them indeed; and hardly needed any of his cousin's encouragement in draining off the second bottle supplied by Mr.
The parents of the deceased and inhabitants of the locality have protested against the owner of the low level land (which has been turned into a pond due to rain), Malik HabibUllah and TMA for their attitude for not draining off the sewage and rain water.
READY IN 30 MINUTES SERVES 4 low calorie cooking spray 300g lean mince beef (less than 5% fat) 1 onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped 1 courgette, finely chopped 150g closed-cup mushrooms, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 1 beef stock cube, crumbled a handful of fresh basil leaves, torn, plus extra to garnish salt and freshly ground black pepper 350g dried spaghetti mixed salad leaves, tossed in fat-free vinaigrette, to serve 1 Place a pan sprayed with low calorie cooking spray over a medium-high heat and stir-fry the mince for 4-5 minutes, draining off any fat.
Eating a more varied diet and preparing rice by rinsing it first, using a higher proportion of cooking water, and draining off extra water after cooking may reduce arsenic exposure.
To reduce arsenic levels, the report suggests cooking rice with extra water, then draining off the excess.
Meanwhile, vandals in Coalisland, Co Tyrone, opened valves on temporary water tanks draining off almost 5,000 gallons.
Certainly hospitals are closing, nurses are unhappy and overpaid managers are draining off much of the extra cash poured into the service.
It's not right that the standard of living of the rich countries should seek to maintain itself by draining off a great part of the reserves of energy and raw materials that are meant for the whole of humanity.
You can take care of the problem by draining off the excess fluid.
Von Heyl gets up the left half of Untitled (Orange) (all works 2003) with a variety of washes, doodles, and leafy effects in green, orange, and blue; oil the right side, everything collapses into nondescript shades of dirty white and gray, with lines too loose to define form, dripping and draining off the bottom edge of the canvas.
On the videotape, a garden hose leads from a murky pool across a dirt road and onto nearby railroad right of way, draining off some of the raw sewage.
The process of draining off the whey, which contains 99% of the lactose, pressing the cheeses to further expel whey, and the aging process all combine to make hard cheeses very palatable even to maldigesters.
The estuaries also have been rocked by headline-grabbing outbreaks of a fish-killing neurotoxin called Pfiesteria piscicida, believed to be caused by a chain reaction that occurs when waste draining off farms enters the rivers.