plane off

plane off

To grind, erode, or shave something until it has been totally removed (from something), leaving a smooth surface behind. Originally reserved for references to the carpenter's tool known as a "plane," the phrase is often applied to anything that has a smoothing or erosive force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "plane" and "off." This is just a rough cut of the timber—I still need to plane the imperfections off. The harsh weather planed off the names of those buried in the cemetery from their headstones.
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plane something off

to remove bumps, nicks, or scrapes by planing. Plane the rough places off so the surface will be as smooth as possible. Sam planed off the bumps.
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Two pilots were hurt as they ditched their plane off the coast of Nasugbu town in Batangas province on Saturday afternoon.
Two of the major US airlines that fly Boeing Co.'s grounded 737 Max have taken the plane off their schedules until early November, the latest sign that the jet may not resume commercial service this year.
American Airlines Group has kept the plane off its schedule through Sept.
Marine expert David Mearns, known as the Shipwreck Hunter, volunteered to help and revealed on Sunday his vessel, FPV Morven, had found the plane off Alderney within two hours of starting its search.
Since the plane went missing, several conspiracy theories emerged, including the murder-suicide claims alleging pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately veered the plane off course, crashing it into a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean.
He then claimed that he had a bomb and would blow the plane off. He almost hurt himself while trying to remove the cuffs.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke in Paris on Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in what was the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Moscow indirectly blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian military plane off the coast of Syria in September.
A Ryanair passenger who launched a racist tirade 'may get away with it' because the budget airline wanted to get the plane off the ground, a Labour MP has claimed.
A Ryanair passenger who launched a racist tirade may "get away with it" due to the airline wanting to get the plane off the ground, a shadow transport minister said.
Recently, Russia decided to arm Syria with the S-300 air defense system after the downing of the IL-20 reconnaissance plane off the coast of Lattakia on September 17th.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced earlier in the day that Moscow will supply Syria with S-300 Air Defence Systems as well as automated fire-control systems following the downing of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane off the Syrian coast on September 17 that killed 15 servicemen.
John Bulpin, from Swansea, was flying his plane off the coast of Port Talbot on Sunday at around 11.30am.
It came after an incident on one event that saw Johnnie Mackay aqua plane off the road due to torrential rain and he and co-driver Steven Hay couldn't get out of the damaged car.
A Royal Wings plane had veered off-course on Sunday morning, leading to the airport's closure to remove the plane off the runway.
Iran has reduced the number of airplanes it plans to buy from Airbus by six amid delays in US regulatory approvals, and may knock one plane off a similar deal for more than 100 with Boeing, an Iranian official told Reuters.