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make off

1. To flee or depart very suddenly and hurriedly. The dog made off before I was able to grab its collar. The would-be thief made off like a shot when he saw the security guard approaching.
2. To use someone or something as a source of income or profit. In this usage, a noun (usually to do with money) is used between "make" and "off." The factory owner has been accused of making money off of unregistered, underpaid migrant labor. He made his fortune off computer chips in the late '90s.
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make off with (something)

To escape with something that has been stolen, snatched, etc. The thieves busted the ATM and made off with the cash inside. Sorry, the dog made off with the last burger—snatched it right from the table.
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make something off (of) someone or something

to make money from someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Are you trying to make your fortune off of me? We think we can make some money off the sale of the house.
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make off

1. Depart in haste, run away, as in The cat took one look at Richard and made off. [c. 1700]
2. make off with. Take something away; also, steal something, as in I can't write it down; Tom made off with my pen, or The burglars made off with the stereo and computer as well as jewelry. [Early 1800s]
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make off

v.
1. To depart in haste; run away: He certainly made off in a hurry!
2. make off with To steal something: Someone entered the room and made off with my hat.
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Sheikh Abdul Hameed, a resident of Rawat, lodged a complaint with the local police that thieves made their way into his house and made off with Rs84,000 in cash, laptop worth Rs30,000, tablet worth 300 pounds, two cell phones worth Rs15,000 and other valuables worth Rs0.2 million.
Meanwhile, Raja Nazim Masood, a resident of Gujar Khan, lodged a complaint with the local police that thieves made their way into his house and made off with Rs80,000 in cash, seven carats of gold, and other valuables worth over Rs0.3 millions.
Asif Saeed, owner of cell phone shop, lodged a complaint with the local police that thieves broke into his shop and made off with Rs51,000 cash, 80 cell phones, calling cards worth Rs50,000 and other valuables worth over Rs0.3 million.
A dark coloured saloon vehicle made off from the area.
He is said to have been one of two men who made off from a petrol station forecourt without paying for petrol.
POLICE are hunting a burglar who made off with more than pounds 3,000 worth of electrical goods after raiding a house.
THIEVES stole jewellery from a Nuneaton house - and then made off in the householder's 4x4 parked outside.
The two raiders made off with a substantial amount of cash from the Manney Cookes betting shop in Thelwall Road, Ellesmere Port.
CASH carriers Securicor were hit by robbers again yesterday when an armed thug made off with more than pounds 50,000 - in the 20th cash van raid this year.
HAFIZABAD -- In a broad daylight dacoity in a house at Jalalpur Road, five armed men made off with gold ornaments, cash, precious watches and valuables worth Rs6 million.
The vehicle was entered, an untidy search was made and thieves then made off but nothing was reported stolen on November 1 in the early hours of the morning.
Zahid Mahmood, a resident of Dhok Chaudrain, lodged a complaint with the local police that thieves made their way into his house and made off with gold ornaments, prize bonds worth Rs0.2 million, laptop, hard disk, four wrist watches, three cell phones, and other valuables worth Rs0.5 million.
Rawalpindi -- Unidentified thieves struck at a shop and a house and made off with valuables worth millions within the Cantonment and Morgah police jurisdictions.
Thieves went down the back lane and got into the rear yard of the house and made off with the bikes.
A MAN suffered a broken leg at the hands of a robber who made off with his mobile phone.