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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

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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That final round are the sort of occasions that can either put someone off or inspire you," added Brewerton.
We are certainly not going to put someone off taking part because of old-fashioned notions of what girls and boys should play.
The number one thing to put someone off returning to a restaurant is the glimpse of a dirty kitchen area (91%)
You hear all this talk about him being a disciplinarian and it could put someone off.
It does put them off, and if you put someone off PE aged 14 or 15 that can last for years after they leave school.
However, he gallantly added: "To be honest, if you have a face like Leanne's, it's going to take more than a rotten set of teeth to put someone off.
You can't put someone off when it is convenient for you--it's about making sure that the customer knows that they're important and that we are here to help," he says.
Watch you don't put someone off who could be good for you.
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