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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.
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.
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.
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]
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.