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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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The Needle Fire, which was burning between 10 and 15 acres as of Friday evening, is located in Needle Creek, a stream that drains off Dead Mountain.
- Susannah AFIRST, take it out of the water and lay the plant on its side so as much liquid as possible drains off. If the roots are mushy, lightly scrape them until you have removed the rotten areas.
- Susannah, by email DAVID: First, take it out of the water and lay the plant on its side so as much liquid as possible drains off. If the roots are mushy, lightly scrape them until you have removed the rotten areas.
The system, which also includes a 50,000-gallon reserve tank to support the university's heating and cooling systems in case of emergency, reduces by 146 million gallons the annual amount that Emory drains off the Atlanta municipal water system.
Contract notice: Delivery drains off arthroscopic pump.
Grill, dry-fry or bake them on a wire rack so that the fat drains off.
Another method of detaining stormwater on site is "controlled flow roof drainage." This system permits rainwater to drain off a roof at a controlled rate (usually equal to or less than the previous undeveloped rate); after a storm has abated, the accumulated water drains off within a prescribed period of time.
The base, which is home to the RAF's Nimrod fleet, normally drains off surface water from its runway and aircraft bays into Findhorn Bay.
A star wheel mounted at the inlet pushes the packages in between the heavy-duty steel belts where the packages are crushed and the product drains off.
To protect water resources, it is increasingly important to address the condition of land areas within the watershed because water carries the effects of human activities throughout the watershed as it drains off the land into surface waters or leaches into the groundwater.
Rainwater that runs from the roofs of the buildings is retained in reservoirs for use in tempering steel; all the other waste water that drains off the roads and car parks is fed into the oil separation plants, treated in storage basins, and is used for specific purposes.
Wiping acrylics, plastics and glass with the brush drains off or dissipates static charges which hold lint and dust to the surface, according to company officials.
The team finds that at least as much energy drains off into the surroundings of their model system as goes into the fluid's viscous processes.
The federal deficit drains off a large share of a regrettably small pool of domestic private saving, thus contributing further--and perhaps to an even greater degree--to the elevation of real rates of interest in the economy.
Don't wrap sausages in bacon or pastry, instead grill, dry fry or bake them so that the fat drains off.