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draw off

To take some fluid from something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "draw" and "off." I had to draw off some of the water so that the glass didn't overflow.
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draw something off (from something)

to remove a portion of a liquid from something; to cause something to flow from something. The steward drew some wine off from the cask. He drew off some wine.
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Proposition 2 allows police officers and firefighters to defer part of their retirement pay while drawing off some of the principal after being with their department for 25 years.
The method involves drawing off one or two cells from a very young embryo in order to diagnose certain genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis.
These last are called aqueducts (from Latin words meaning "a drawing off of water") and by 700 B.
So that the politics of Atlanta might have seemed like a game, a drawing off of rage from black people.
At June 30, 2002 the level was $190 million but current state financial pressures are drawing off some moneys for general fund use.
Janis Reid Campillo, 45, of Woodland Hills would like to see a classic ``Seinfeld'' call-back with the final chapter drawing off 1992's ``The Cheever Letters'' episode.
At June 30, 2002 the level was $190 million and while it was forecast to approximate this amount through fiscal 2005, current state financial pressures are drawing off some moneys for general fund use.