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lift off

1. To pick someone or something up off a person or surface. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lift" and "off." Please help me lift this box off the table. The two security guards lifted the guy right off his seat and threw him out the door.
2. Of an aircraft, to achieve or begin flight. The helicopter lifted off, blowing a huge billowing dust cloud into the crowd of spectators.
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lift something off (of) someone or something

 and lift something off
to raise something and uncover or release someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Lift the beam off of him and see if he is still breathing. Please lift off the heavy lid.
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lift off

[for a plane or rocket] to move upward, leaving the ground. The rocket lifted off exactly on time.
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lift off

Begin flight, as in The spacecraft was due to lift off at ten o'clock. The off in this idiom means "off the ground." [Late 1800s]
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lift off

v.
1. To pick something up from some surface: I lifted the lid off the pan to let the heat escape. I unfastened the tarp and lifted it off from the tent.
2. To leave the ground and begin flight: The spacecraft will lift off at noon.
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Programme manager David Hall said: "Our aim with Lift Off is to make funding and help as accessible to businesses like Jet Blades as we can to make the maximum impact across the region.
Jim Coyle, AWM cluster manager, said: "MAS-WM is one of the region's most successful projects and Lift Off has formed a key part of their work with manufacturers involved in the aerospace sector.
NEW INITIATIVE: David Wright, chief executive of the advisory service for the West Midlands, launches Lift Off, a programme to support the region's aerospace industry
The objective of the Lift Off programme is to ensure that the West Midlands maintains a sustainable and world-class aerospace industry, meeting current demands while at the same time preparing to capitalise on the imminent up-turn in the market.
Spy satellite Ofek 9 has been lift off from Palmachim Air Base where is being in South of Telaviv.
Lift Off funding will be used to help the company with marketing, financial and business planning, and it is designed to help it seek out new business and much-needed investment.
Caudipteryx This dinosaur was a fast runner, but its feathers couldn't have helped it lift off the ground.
Under the terms of the contract, AMC-16 is slated for launch onboard Proton/Breeze M from Baikonur in Q1 2005, AMC-14 is to lift off on Atlas 5 from Cape Canaveral in Q1 2006, and ASTRA 1L will be placed into orbit also on Proton/Breeze M in Q4 2006.
The wind-tunnel data should reveal how to modify the wings' shape and plane's center of gravity so it can lift off.
Walt Disney World Resort's newest attraction, Mission: SPACE, to be presented by Compaq Computer Corporation, will lift off at Epcot in 2003.
The first module, a Russian-built power engine called Functional Cargo Block (FGB, from the Russian name), is scheduled to lift off this fail on a Russian rocket.
3--Ran in Valley Edition only) Rutan and Melton lift off aboard the Global Hilton in Albuquerque as they try to become the first to fly around the world nonstop.
The launch vehicles will lift off from the Space Center in Tanegashima, Japan.
The launch team postponed the potentially record-breaking journey just hours before the balloon was to lift off.