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put (one) off (something)

1. To deter or repel someone from something or from doing something. The sight of the blood put me off my food for the rest of the day. Please don't spread the news about the robbery; we don't want to put our guests off staying with us overnight. I don't know if you realize how much you put people off with your crappy attitude.
2. To force someone to get off or disembark from a vehicle or mode of transportation. The man was put off the train by police officers after he began threatening other passengers. I don't know if you realize how much you put people off with your crappy attitude.
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put off

1. verb To deter, annoy, or repel. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "put" and "off." I don't know if you realize how much you put people off with your attitude. He has a knack for putting off his dates.
2. verb To delay meeting with or avoid dealing with someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "put" and "off." I'm sorry I've been putting you off lately; it's just been really hectic in work and at home. Has Helen said anything to you about me recently? I feel like she's putting me off.
3. verb To delay doing or dealing with something; to procrastinate instead of doing something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "off." Why did I keep putting off working on this essay? Now I'll be up all night writing it! If you put off getting car insurance, you could wind up in jail if you get in an accident. I'm sorry I didn't call you sooner. I should never have put it off.
4. adjective Deterred, annoyed, or repelled (by something). I could tell he was a bit put off by my comments. Please don't spread the news about the robbery; we don't want our guests put off at the idea of staying with us overnight.
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put someone off (of) something

 and put someone off
to remove someone from a form of transportation, such as a train, ship, or airplane, owing to illness or misbehavior. (See also put someone off. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The captain ordered that the unruly passengers be put off the ship at the next port. We put the thief off at the dock.
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put someone off

 
1. to delay dealing with someone until a later time. I hate to keep putting you off, but we are not ready to deal with you yet. I had to put off the plumber again. He really wants his money.
2. to repel someone; to distress someone. You really put people off with your scowling face. You put off people with your arrogance.
3. to avoid or evade someone. I don't wish to see Mr. Brown now. Please put him off. I won't talk to reporters. Tell them something that will put them off. Put off those annoying people!
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put something off

to postpone something; to schedule something for a later time. I have to put off our meeting until a later time. I put off a visit to the dentist as long as I could.
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put off

Delay or postpone, as in He always puts off paying his bills. This idiom, dating from the late 1300s, gave rise to the proverb Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, first recorded in the late 1300s (in Chaucer's Tale of Melibee) and repeated ever since. Also see put one off.
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put one off

1. Repel or repulse someone, as in His bad manners put her off, or They were put off by the bad smell. [c. 1900]
2. put someone off. Persuade someone to delay further action, as in He put off the creditors, promising to pay next week, or They managed to put him off from suing. [Early 1600s]
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put off

v.
1. To delay or postpone something: I always put off paying the bills and end up paying a late fee. If you keep putting your homework off, you won't get it done.
2. To persuade someone or something to postpone an activity: I managed to put off the creditors for another week. We succeeded in putting the meeting off until next week.
3. To cause someone to be offended, disgusted, and repelled: His indifferent attitude has put us off. Her arrogance put off the interviewers.
4. To discourage someone from doing something: The bad weather put us off from trying to climb the mountain.
5. To cause someone to be distracted from something and perform poorly: That athlete is sensitive, and too much crowd noise puts off his game. She throws the ball pretty well, but the pain in her arm put her aim off.
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Responding to a fan who said the result would not put him off buying a ticket for the Premiership opener at Celtic next Saturday, Lafferty said: "Nothing should put you off that ticket mate.
Responding to a fan who said the result would not put him off buying a ticket for the Premiership opener at reigning champions Celtic next Saturday, Lafferty said: "Nothing should put you off that ticket mate.
TV STAR Paul O'Grady has admitted that the Coronation Street musical, which he narrated, was so bad that it put him off the soap.
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD insists the recent turmoil at the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has not put him off a possible return to the organisation - but he is adamant he will only consider a move to the governing body after the 2012 Olympics.
Not that it put him off a life of broken bones, mind you
The comedian said of working with Stiller: "The idea was to put him off and make him laugh.
But for a man who has run it previously with a broken leg, a sore knee wasn't going to put him off.
Mrs Chapman, of Perth, Australia, said: "It's not going to put him off going back into the ocean.
ALAN CURBISHLEY insists the commotion surrounding his meeting with the Football Association has not put him off the England job.
And the Arabs assistant claimed the fickle fans have done nothing to put him off his long-term plan to be a manager himself.
And he insists that while City are not yet ready to step up their bid, the imminent closure of the transfer window will not put him off.
Brad has come to us for a number of years, and we have put him off,'' Councilman Frank Ferry said.
The Frenchman was under tremendous pressure as he stepped forward in the sudden death penalty shoot-out with the massed fans in Spurs' end doing their best to put him off.
And Gregory is adamant his experiences with the mercurial Frenchman and striker Stan Collymore have not put him off bringing other big-name players to Villa Park in the future.
Millett got off the canvas and later threw a wild punch that put him off balance causing him to hit the canvas for a second time.