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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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A man approached the guard from behind and wrestled him to the floor before taking the cash and making off in adarkblue Honda CRV estate,driven by another man.
He added: "We would be very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen them making off."
The crimes are mainly thefts and making off from garages without paying for fuel.
They stole a number of tools from inside, before making off with their haul in a stolen Diahatsu 4x4 and trailer.
THE police helicopter was scrambled last night in a hunt for thieves who targeted a garage near Warwick before making off in a high-powered sports car.
The victim challenged them and they off-loaded the appliances onto the road side before making off. The two male suspects were in a grey coloured van.
POLICE are hunting a thief who stole a set of car keys before making off in a vehicle.
Vandals smashed the front window on the ground floor of a property before making off empty handed unseen.
A FAST food customer ordered his meal before making off with a shop's takings.
A man armed with a knife went in and stole a quantity of cash before making off. He was 5ft 11in tall.
The burglar was seen making off towards Byron Avenue.