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pair off

To form or become part of a pair. A noun or pronoun can come between "pair" and "off" if the verb is used transitively. OK, everyone pair off and come up with different ways you could apply what we talked about today to your work. We'll have to pair off the guests who didn't come with dates.
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pair off

[for two people or other creatures] to form a couple or pair. All of them paired off and worked as teams to solve the puzzle. Everyone should pair off and discuss the issue for a while.
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pair off

1. Put two persons together; also, become one of a couple, as in Jean mentally paired off her guests whenever she planned a party, or All the tennis players had to pair off for a round of doubles matches. [Late 1600s]
2. Also, pair up. Make a pair of, match, as in I always have trouble pairing up their socks. [Early 1900s]
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pair off

v.
1. To arrange some things or people in groups of two: The drama coach paired off the students to rehearse scenes. The organizer paired the partygoers off and sent them on a treasure hunt.
2. To form pairs: The dance students paired off and practiced waltzing.
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As these sections pair off, a part of each twists into a helix, while another part zigzags to form a sheet.
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Thomas Hitzlsperger's long ball set the pair off on a chase towards the Newcastle penalty area and the England striker was felled by a clumsy challenge by his opponent.
He also realized that the peptide is self-complementary: The order of amino acids is such that a second copy readily layered over the first because side chains made up of positive amino acids pair off with negative side chains.
WEXFORD and Longford pair off for their fifth competitive meeting in less than a year as they both embark on life in Division Two tomorrow.
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The German superstar has promised to back Irvine - and Coulthard's job will be to keep the Ferrari pair off Hakkinen's back.
And as their friends pair off, marry and procreate, the couple find their nuptials being pushed back further and further, not helped by a slimy professor (Rhys Ifans) with an unhealthy interest in Violet.
Lana Clarkson (pictured), a 40-year-old Bmovie star, was found dead at Spector's home when a limousine driver reported hearing shots after he dropped the pair off in Spector's Mercedes-Benz.
They play Lois and Tom, detectives who put their differences on hold for a night when they try to pair off two friends at a dinner party.
The judge fears TV viewers will boot the petulant pair off this weekend's show if they throw any more hissy fits.