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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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According to the flat owner, the place on Alexandroupoleos Street in Paphos was burgled between 8pm and 11pm on Thursday, with the perpetrators making off with e1/410,000 in cash, 4 watches and a cross.
Two men, one armed with a gun, entered the premises and threatened staff before making off with a purse belonging to one of the workers.
THIEVES ransacked a North East pub before making off with cash.
Summary: A masked armed man robbed a branch of Bank of Beirut in the Metn town of Dhour Choueir Thursday afternoon, making off with $8,000, a security source told The Daily Star.
POLICE are continuing to hunt a robber who battered a pensioner in her own home before making off with cash and jewellery.
Then they shot dead five guards who were sleeping inside the bank, before making off with the cash, according to LA Times.
Several people entered the premises and threatened staff and customers before making off with cash.
04pm on May 27, before making off with petrol worth pounds 58.
SIX masked robbers broke into Marks and Spencer at Warring-ton, making off with cash and a large quantity of gift vouchers.
NEWHALL - Three armed men using walkie-talkies took over a bank Thursday, making off with more than $30,000 and leaving two customers injured, according to authorities.
The group, which included boys and girls, launched the attack before making off with the shop's till, cigarettes and a mobile phone.
A MAN wielding a meat cleaver threatened staff at a Chinese restaurant before making off with a sum of money.
A police spokesman said: "Thieves gained entry to the garage before making off with a scrambler and two mountain bikes.
They stole a number of tools from inside, before making off with their haul in a stolen Diahatsu 4x4 and trailer.
MASKED raiders stormed an off-licence before assaulting a worker and making off with cash.