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dust off

1. To remove dust and dirt from someone or something by patting or wiping. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." After sliding into third base, I got up and dusted myself off. Here, take this rag and dust off the TV stand before grandma gets here.
2. To ready something (often by retrieving it from storage) so that it can be used again. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to dust off the Christmas decorations!
3. slang In baseball, to throw a pitch at or very close to the body of the batter. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." Don't be afraid to dust off the batter a bit if he's crowding the plate.
4. To ready oneself for something that one used to do, often after something unpleasant has happened. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "dust" and "off." I know you struggled last season, but it's time to dust yourself off and start fresh this season.
5. To punch or beat someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." I ran to get a teacher when I heard the school bully threaten to dust off another kid in our class.
6. To kill or defeat someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dust" and "off." No one expected the highest-seeded team to be dusted off so early in the playoffs.
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dust someone off

Sl. to punch or beat someone. We dusted them off one by one. We had to dust off all those big guys. dust someone or something off to wipe or brush the dust off someone or something. Dust this vase off and put it on the shelf. Please dust off this vase.
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dust off

1. Restore to use. For example, I've dusted off last year's menu for the party. This usage alludes to cleaning and thereby renewing some object. [Mid-1900s]
2. Pitch a baseball dangerously close to the batter's head, as in I'm sure he dusted him off on purpose. [Slang; 1920s]
3. Finish off, kill; also, easily defeat. For example, They vowed to dust off the old man, or We'll dust off this team in no time. [Slang; c. 1940]
4. Thrash, beat up, as in If he didn't hand over his wallet, they threatened to dust him off. [Slang; 1920s]
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dust off

v.
1. To remove dust from something or someone by brushing or wiping: I dusted off the old trunk in the attic. We picked up the antiques and dusted them off.
2. To restore something to use: The mechanic dusted off that old engine and sold it. I dusted off last year's winter coat and put it on.
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But again, this is just a challenge, I knew it was going to be tough, just have to dust myself off and get on with it and that's what I'm trying to do, just get back training and I'm available for selection.
I'll just dust myself off and get ready for the Irish Open.
I can dust myself off, I am glad to get through this injury and crack on.
I've written week 14 off as a bad job but I'm looking ahead to tackling week 15 - it's time to dust myself off and get on with it.
I feel lower than a snake's belly but I have to dust myself off and go again.
The hitman said: "It was the worst possible start and I had to dust myself off and get on with it.
But I'll dust myself off and meet up with Scotland for the Poland game.
It has been a setback, but I have got to dust myself off and work hard during this period with some big games coming up in the PRO12.
Anyone else goes for three or four interviews in their entire lifetime but for actors sometimes it can be three a day and it is a constant rejection and you have to get used to that and find away to keep mentally stable and say, 'right that one wasn't for me', and pick myself up and dust myself off and keep on going.
I was told by medics after I had my accident not to do anything deemed to be dangerous but sport has always been such a huge part of my life and I think it gave me the motivation I needed to pick myself up and dust myself off.
I was ambitious, though, so I'd dust myself off and start again each time it got the better of me.
I'll admit my confidence was a little shaken after missing Half Rack, but I've learned over the years to dust myself off and get back on the bowhunting horse rather than dwelling on misfortune.
Once I've got that belt it will taste even better for all that because I've had to go places where most men can't go in terms of overcoming adversity and being able to dust myself off.