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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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The huntsman drew off the wolf's skin and went home with it; the grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which Red-Cap had brought, and revived, but Red-Cap thought to herself: 'As long as I live, I will never by myself leave the path, to run into the wood, when my mother has forbidden me to do so.
In the evening, the free trappers drew off, and returned to the camp of Fontenelle, highly delighted with their visit and with their new acquaintances, and promising to return the following day.
No sooner, however, had Jones quitted the landlord, than he flew to the rescue of his defeated companion, from whom he with much difficulty drew off the enraged chambermaid: but Partridge was not immediately sensible of his deliverance, for he still lay flat on the floor, guarding his face with his hands; nor did he cease roaring till Jones had forced him to look up, and to perceive that the battle was at an end.
When the concourse separated, and, dividing into chance clusters, drew off in various directions, there still remained upon the scene of the late disturbance, one man.
Jane recollected herself soon, and putting the letter away, tried to join with her usual cheerfulness in the general conversation; but Elizabeth felt an anxiety on the subject which drew off her attention even from Wickham; and no sooner had he and he companion taken leave, than a glance from Jane invited her to follow her upstairs.
When he parted from her that afternoon, at the gate of the road that led to Berkeley, he drew off to the edge of the intervening clump of trees, where, unobserved, he watched her out of sight.
Still, for a country girl, that was not much of a feat, and as soon as she was safe ashore Dorothy drew off her wet shoes and stockings and spread them upon the sun-warmed beach to dry.
In the end of June, the reason for the insufficient money in cash is the tension in the banking system, when people drew off big amount of money from the banks.
He threatens to hurt Lucas unless Drew agrees to another race, but when Denni runs Drew off the road, it is Lisa who killed.
It was a similar race to the Breeders' Cup in that we drew off a length and a half to beat Bernardini.
Drew off Mets' reliever Pedro Feliciano, but Feliciano got Aybar to ground into a fielder's choice out at second base, then Chad Bradford came in to get pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz to ground out to end the inning.
Nicola Gilchrist, prosecuting, said when a shop worker in New Oscott tried to fight Drew off, he punched her and held a knife to her neck.
He drew off his front-runners to pack a defence which gave everything to keep the Bristol side out.
Drew off Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano, but Feliciano got Aybar to ground into a fielder's choice out at second base, then Chad Bradford came in to get pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz to ground out to end the inning.
More than a decade has passed since Bernstein went into the 1994 Santa Anita Handicap with fan favorite The Wicked North and watched from the box seats as the horse drew off to a 1 1/2-length victory over Stuka in the $1 million race that's history is enriched by legends like Seabiscuit, Bill Shoemaker and Charlie Whittingham.