put one off
1. verb To deter, annoy, or repel. A noun or pronoun can be 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. To make someone reluctant or averse to something. A noun or pronoun is used between "put" and "off." The flu put me off food for several days in a row. The experience definitely put her off of traveling to Europe again anytime soon.
3. verb To delay doing or dealing with something; to procrastinate instead of doing something. 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. verb To delay meeting with or avoid dealing with someone. 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.
5. To eject or have someone ejected from something, often a mode of transportation. A noun or pronoun is used between "put" and "off." Thank goodness the pilot had the rowdy passengers put off the plane. Shh! We're gonna get put off the train!
6. 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 to feel put off at the idea of staying with us overnight.
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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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