put one off

put 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.
See also: off, put

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]
See also: off, one, put
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"At home, they know they can just sort of reach out and put one off the wall, where on the road, they reach out and that same ball's an out to left field."
However, after sitting through enough turkeys to put one off Christmas for eternity, the movie-tie in genre has been faring rather better in recent days.
They are statistics which put one off piling on to the 1-4 about the Aussies to win the series and instead raises the prospect of a punt on the Sri Lankans for the second Test in nine day's time at Hobart where they have a better chance of success.
(There was a new Polish production from about five years ago that reportedly won favour with John Paul the Great but I have yet to see it.) It is frequently remarked that having to study an uncongenial novel at school can put one off a book or a writer for life.
The negative publicity surrounding the perceived violation of fairness might also put one off. The outcry that followed Mickey Mantle's liver transplant, for example, might have dissuaded some people from donating organs.
There are foreign language summaries (Danish, German), bibliographies, a "Subject Index" and an "Index of Persons." The size of this book should not put one off. It is eminently readable--"reader-friendly"--and of much significance even if one is not particularly concerned with Kierkegaard's relations to Hegel.
People gawping at you like you're a performing seal does tend to put one off. Really, can a man have no privacy?
The sight of salivating Republicans is distinctly unwelcome at a dinner party, enough to put one off one's feed.
The same writer's subsequent Phaedra's Love provided scant respite, with a castration scene to put one off barbeques forever.
I'm still dithering on my own future in the game but that kind of thing does tend to put one off football management!
Asif's absence is enough to put one off taking the 11-8 about a Pakistan series win.
Rome put a wrist shot off the left post, and Grant Stevenson put one off the right post, both pucks bouncing the wrong way.
Not an experience to put one off going South, then, but not one to make you rush for your A-Z.
Indeed, Collingwood's failure to read Chawla's variations put one off backing him for top runscorer honours today.
A 4-1 win over bottom side Bedford did not necessarily signal an upturn in fortunes, though, and while a 1-0 home defeat to a decent Bishop's Stortford side is not a disaster, either, it doesn't put one off backing promotion-chasing Braintree at 5-4 to win in south London.