pop off(redirected from popping them off)
1. To say something very quickly or abruptly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pop" and "off." I was able to pop off a few questions before the governor was escorted into his car.
2. To kill (someone), especially quickly or abruptly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pop" and "off." Take a look, chief. The video shows the suspect pop the guard off before entering the building.
3. To have a sudden, thoughtless outburst or issue an angry remark or snide comment. Why did you pop off at me like that? I was just trying to help. If you're just going to sit there popping off all class, I'll have to ask you to leave.
4. To die suddenly or unexpectedly. No sooner had he taken control of the company than he up and popped off. Very suspicious, if you ask me.
5. To leave or depart suddenly, hurriedly, or unexpectedly. I think I'm going to pop off. I need to be up early tomorrow. She popped off before I could ask for her phone number.
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pop someone off
Inf. to kill someone. Max was told to pop Lefty off because he was trying to muscle in on the gang's turf. Max intended to pop off Lefty.
1. Sl. to make an unnecessary remark; to interrupt with a remark; to sound off. Please don't pop off all the time. Bob keeps popping off when he should be listening.
2. Sl. to lose one's temper. Now, don't pop off. Keep your cool. I don't know why she popped off at me. All I did was say hello.
3. Sl. to die. My uncle popped off last week. I hope I'm asleep when I pop off.
4. Sl. to leave; to depart in haste. Bye, I must pop off. Got to pop off. I'm late.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Leave abruptly or hurriedly, as in I'm just going to pop off and mail some letters.
2. Die suddenly, as in No one expected her to pop off like that. [Colloquial; second half of 1700s]
3. Speak thoughtlessly in an angry outburst, as in Don't pop off at me-complain to whoever's responsible. [Slang; c. 1930]
4. pop someone off. Kill someone, as in The sniper popped off at least three men. [Slang; early 1800s] All four usages transfer pop in the sense of "explode" to other kinds of sudden or violent behavior.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To burst off with a short, sharp, explosive sound: If the pressure in the bottle gets too high, the top will pop off.
2. To leave abruptly or hurriedly: She popped off a few minutes ago, but I don't know where she went. He popped off to the store.
3. To speak thoughtlessly in a burst of released anger: The movie star popped off at the reporters who were hounding him.
4. To die suddenly: The book is about a rich man who pops off and leaves his family millions of dollars.
5. To kill someone: The gangster popped off the witness outside of the courtroom. She learned that he was a double agent, and so she popped him off the next time she saw him.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. in. to make an unnecessary remark; to interrupt with a remark; to sound off. Bob keeps popping off when he should be listening.
2. in. to lose one’s temper. (see also pop one’s cork.) I don’t know why she popped off at me. All I did was say hello.
3. in. to die. I hope I’m asleep when I pop off.
4. in. to leave; to depart in haste. Got to pop off. I’m late.
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