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number off

1. To identify with a particular number in a sequence. The students all numbered off, and the teacher grouped everyone with an even number on one side of the room while everyone with an odd number went to the other side. We numbered off in sets of five for the group activity.
2. To assign someone or something with a particular number in a sequence. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "number" and "off." The coach numbered the players off into groups of five to practice different drills in rotation for the rest of the day. The class is too big to do the work all together, so we'll have to number off the students and have them complete the assignment in smaller groups.
See also: number, off

number off (by something)

to say a number in a specified sequence when it is one's turn. Please number off by tens. Come on, number off!
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IN AN AGE WHEN SPY SATELLITES CAN read the number off your car's license plate, one would think that scientists had long ago mapped every nook and cranny of the Earth's surface.
I asked her how she knew his number off by heart and she mumbled some excuse which I didn't believe for a minute.
"It was only a couple of minutes later that someone said we were only one number off so the cheers turned into glum looks, thinking 'We were so close'."
I should have known from the telephone code on the new system but did not believe they would actually take their Huddersfield number off and put in an 0843 at the variable national rates they can charge.
So take this number off your list And do it spit spot.
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If a goal is scored during that minute in any of today's 39 Premiership or Football League matches, you cross the number off. Five points are awarded for each correct number, 25 for all four corners, 25 for any horizontal line and 100 for a full house of all 15 numbers.
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