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put (one) off (something)

1. To deter or repel one 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.
2. To force one to get off or disembark from a vehicle or mode of transportation. Police officers put the man off the train after he began threatening other passengers. The passenger was put off the plane for being belligerent.
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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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.

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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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.
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I judged we could get diplomas, now, anyhow; so we went after them, but the Chief Guide put us off, with one pretext or another, during all the time we stayed in Chamonix, and we ended by never getting them at all.
How is it that you let Tait's people put us off with a defective lock on the cabin door?
Dealing with a singular hungry midge is bad enough, but trying, as my wife and I did on a visit to Mull, to keep a massive cloud of these determined voracious terrors from feasting on our sensitive flesh, was enough to put us off visiting this beautiful place in the summer ever again.
We'd battled to Balado, brave teenage warriors who had argued to be allowed to attend for the day, travelled cross country with our precious carry-outs, full of hopes, dreams and thoughts of rubbing shoulders with famous people, and we weren't going to let a little bit of (torrential) rain put us off.
We have a very small band of frontline officers in Wales, and acts of vandalism like this put us off the road.
"We won't let this put us off. The city's outpouring of goodwill for our restoration plans has floored us."
Sometimes it's the timeframes involved that can put us off. However, what else will you be doing in three years' time if you don't start something now?
The team will try to uncover the secrets of the culinary industry THE TRICKS OF THE RESTAURANT TRADE Channel 4, 8.30pm THIS is billed as the essential insider's guide to eating out - although in some cases, it serves to put us off our dinner.
"It would not put us off. I would it again tomorrow, without a shadow of a doubt.
Words such as 'biggest', 'tallest', and 'most complex' don't put us off. ON the contrary, they excite us."
"Scotland threw the kitchen sink at us in the first half and it put us off our stride a bit and we could not get things going.
Advancing age doesn''''t put us off tackling a new challenge either.
It was unnerving, irritating, and frankly put us off.