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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 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.
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.
Don't wrap sausages in bacon or pastry, instead grill, dry fry or bake them so that the fat drains off.
He said: "The Valleys are most at risk of localised flooding by the end of the day as water drains off from the hills.
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.
The permit - to be reconsidered at the board's June 10 meeting - sets testing schedules and contamination limits for storm water and industrial runoff that drains off the hilltop site to the Los Angeles River and Arroyo Simi.
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.
We blocked the drains off and used specialist fibres to soak it up.