reel off


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reel off

1. To list items in quick succession. A noun or pronoun can be used between "reel" and "off." Alexandra can help you study—she can reel off all the elements on the periodic table like it's no big deal.
2. To do several things quickly and seemingly with little effort. A noun or pronoun can be used between "reel" and "off." After months of writer's block, I'm still surprised that I just reeled off three short stories in a week.
See also: off, reel

reel off

v.
To recite something quickly and easily: She reeled off the names of all the presidents from memory. The actor reeled his lines off without hesitating.
See also: off, reel
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Kenilworth then found themselves in referee Andy Attwell's bad books, a string of stoppages enabling Richards to reel off four penalties and secure a 16-point interval lead.