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move off

1. To remove oneself off some surface. Please move off the grass! The cat moved off the bed when I entered the room.
2. To remove something or someone off some surface. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "move" and "off." Would you mind moving your books off the table? I moved the kids off the sofa because their feet were all muddy.
3. To move away or depart (from someone or something). The protesters moved off from the premises as soon as the police arrived. OK, everyone, move off—there's nothing to see here!
4. To cause or compel someone or something move away or depart (from someone or something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "move" and "off." We had to move the bystanders off to clear room for the ambulance. Try to move these animals off—they're getting in my way!
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move someone or something off (from someone or something)

 and move someone or something off (of someone or something)
to remove someone or something from on top of someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The referee moved the wrestler off from his fallen opponent. I moved the beam off of the leg of the man.
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move off (from someone or something)

to move away from someone or something. The doctor moved off from the patient, satisfied with her work. The officer stopped for a minute, looked around, and then moved off.
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A few hours after the incident, he said: "The animal has been recovered from the track but the train sustained some damage and the engineers are preparing it to move off.
Bell Environmental's Bell Strip system is able to displace birds by giving them a powerful, yet non lethal, shock upon landing on the electric device--causing the bird to be uncomfortable enough that it is forced to move off of the building.
Council spokesperson Philip Davies said a small gap remains at the moment to enable the people there to move off after which it will be closed off.
FRUSTRATED Jim Moffat blasted his sloppy side's discipline as nine-man Montrose stole a point to move off bottom.
When people have crossed, you must not move off until the patrol officer has returned to the pavement and signalled you to do so.
Bell Environmental's Bell Strip system is able to displace birds by giving them a powerful, yet nonlethal, shock upon landing on the electric device --causing the bird to be uncomfortable enough to move off the building.
In deep snow, it's best to get it right first time or the wheels very quickly become dug in - easier to do if you keep the front wheels straight as you move off.