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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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With sales taxes on gin contributing ten percent of all government revenues, and distillation drawing off a glut of grain, there were powerful incentives for tolerating popular drinking.
Flux Pumps has launched a new pump range which is compact but powerful for a wide range of applications in drawing off, transferring and emptying liquids from barrels and containers.
Flux Pumps has launched a new pump range that is compact but powerful, for a wide range of applications in drawing off, transferring and emptying liquids from barrels and containers.
Severn Trent is taking special measures to protects its biggest source, the five Elan Valley reservoirs in Wales, by drawing off more water from underground sources and rivers.
A large 35:1 L/D twin-screw dries the wood flour by drawing off moisture through two barrel vents, the second of which uses vacuum.
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.C., Sennacherib, who was king of Assyria from 704 to 681 B.C., had an aqueduct constructed that would bring water into his capital, Nineveh.