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allow me

Let me do it. This is a set phrase that typically precedes a polite action or gesture. "Allow me," my date said before opening my car door. Allow me—I'll open the wine bottle.
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drain off

To flow or move off of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drain" and "off." Now that we've fixed the gutters, the rain should drain off of our roof nicely.
See also: drain, off

allow me

 and permit me
Please let me help you. (*Typically said by someone politely assisting another person, as by opening a door or providing some personal service. In Allow me, the stress is usually on me. In Permit me, the stress is usually on -mit.) Tom and Jane approached the door. "Allow me," said Tom, grabbing the doorknob. "Permit me," said Fred, pulling out a gold-plated lighter and lighting Jane's cigarette.
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Could I join you?

 and (Do you) care if I join you?; (Do you) mind if I join you?
Will you permit me to sit with you? (An inquiry seeking permission to sit at someone's table or join someone else in some activity. Also used with can or may in place of could.) Tom came into the cafe and saw Fred and Sally sitting in a booth by the window. Coming up to them, Tom said, "Could I join you?"
See also: could, join

drain something off something

 and drain something off to cause or permit something
to flow from the surface or contents of something. Drain some of the broth off the chicken. Drain off the fat at the bottom of the pan.
See also: drain, off

permit someone into something

 and permit someone in
to allow someone to enter something or some place. They would not permit me in the dining room since I had no tie. They would not permit in that bunch of rowdy brats or any other of her friends.
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permit someone out (of something)

to allow someone to go out of something or some place. His mother won't permit him out of his room all weekend. I didn't do anything, but she won't permit me out!
See also: out, permit

permit someone through (something)

to allow someone to pass through something. Would you permit me through the door? I have to get into this building. Janet said she was in a hurry, but they wouldn't permit her through.
See also: permit, through

permit someone up (something)

to allow someone to come up something. She would not permit me up the ladder. I wanted to climb the ladder to be with Walter, but he wouldn't permit me up.
See also: permit, up

permit someone up to something

to allow someone to come up to something or some place. The teacher would not permit the smallest children up to the edge. They would not permit us up to the gate before our turn came.
See also: permit, up

weather permitting

Fig. if the weather allows it. Weather permitting, we will be there on time. The plane lands at midnight, weather permitting.
See also: permit, weather

will not hear of something

 and won't hear of something
will refuse to tolerate or permit something. You mustn't drive home alone. I will not hear of it. My parents won't hear of my staying out that late.
See also: hear, not, of, will

— permitting

if the specified thing does not prevent you from doing something.
1997 Classic Boat Time and weather permitting rudderless sailing is also taught, along with spinnaker and trapezing.
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allow ˈme

(spoken) used to offer help politely: ‘I’ll just take these bags upstairs.’ ‘Allow me.’
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References in classic literature ?
For this reason I shall gladly permit you to offer an apology, and on receiving your assurances that you will not again interfere in affairs that do not concern you, I shall drop the matter.
But you have no right--no man has the right--to tell me what he will permit or not permit.
In one breath you tell me I must go, and in the next breath you tell me there is no place to go and that you will not permit me to go.
Felix Sweetsir wrote, "With pleasure, dear Alfred, if my health permits me to leave the house.
Troy answered gravely; 'but whether her ladyship will permit it, is quite another question.
I will not dare to press anything further than you permit me.
At the word, the deluge of blows began, but before long the surgeon once more interfered--for the only reason which ever permits him to interfere--and the day's war was over.
Wenatchee; mechanical permit for installing steam-to-steam humidifier.
As measured by permits pulled by builders, home construction fell 10.
Preparation of some aspects of the joint permit application is fairly straightforward, including submission of engineering drawings, surveys and photos of the study area.
The agency's position was undermined when a local newspaper reported that both silos were actually outside the original permit area.
He says that generally, permit for mobile or portable crushers can be obtained in far less time--although some states' permit requirements differ even between mobile and portable.
New emissions factors also could affect whether a source is "major" and therefore subject to the Title V air operating permit program, or they could alter the emission limitations under a Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit (FESOP).
For the year of issuance of a Title V permit, the facility is required to complete a compliance certification for the period from permit issuance through December 31.
This aggregate theory permits transfers to partnerships in which the acquiring corporation can have as little as a 20% partnership interest, even though similar transfers to corporations are allowed only if the transferee is an 80% subsidiary; compare Regs.