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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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make off with

To snatch or steal: made off with the profits.
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References in classic literature ?
The Thief made off with the coat and did not return again to the inn.
These pleadings, and the counter pleadings, being duly heard, the very learned judge in set terms decided, to wit, --That as for the boat, he awarded it to the plaintiffs, because they had merely abandoned it to save their lives; but that with regard to the controverted whale, harpoons, and line, they belonged to the defendants; the whale, because it was a Loose-Fish at the time of the final capture; and the harpoons and line because when the fish made off with them, it (the fish) acquired a property in those articles; and hence anybody who afterwards took the fish had a right to them.
Accordingly, the forger was put to Death; the utterer of a bad note was put to Death; the unlawful opener of a letter was put to Death; the purloiner of forty shillings and sixpence was put to Death; the holder of a horse at Tellson's door, who made off with it, was put to Death; the coiner of a bad shilling was put to Death; the sounders of three-fourths of the notes in the whole gamut of Crime, were put to Death.
Several times it approached within some few yards, and the Canadian was ready to strike, but the dugong made off with a sudden plunge, and it was impossible to reach it.
The savages then made off with the horses, leaving the rest of the party to find their way to the main body on foot.
HAFIZABAD -- Unidentified burglars broke into the house of Mumtaz Hussain s/o in Tahli Goraya and made off with cash, gold ornaments and other household articles worth more than Rs1 million.
A SHOP assistant was allegedly threatened with a knife by two men wearing ski masks, before they made off with takings from the cash register from a local shop in Swansea.
In another incident, some burglars broke into the house of Qasir Masood in G-10 and made off with Rs33,000 cash and valuables.
Ijaz Ghani, a resident of Airport, lodged a complaint with the local police that robbers intercepted him, held him hostage at gunpoint and made off with Rs0.6 million in cash and gold ornaments.
Rawalpindi -- Thieves have struck at a house and made off with valuables worth millions within the Race Course Police jurisdiction.
A PAIR of supermarket trolley thieves are being hunted after they made off with 15.
Mohammad Ahmed, a resident of Ramna, lodged a complaint with the local police that burglars made their way into his house and made off with Rs50,000 in cash, a laptop, gold ornaments, rings and other valuables worth over Rs0.1 million.
A ROBBER made off with cash after threatening staff with a sawn-off shot-gun at Sakara restaurant, in Aigburth.
Family members have started a crowdfunding campaign for a newlywed Mississauga after a thief posing as a staff member at their reception hall made off with all of their cash gifts -- leaving the couple tens of thousands of dollars in debt.
The thief made off with cash and jewellery, including her mother's late wedding ring.