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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.
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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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Reinking reeled off five straight points which cut the gap to just four, 66-62.
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The 17-year-old Dutchman trailed 5-2 to England captain Martin Adams but then reeled off five consecutive sets to emerge a 7-5 victor and deny his opponent the biggest triumph of his career.
Hogan reeled off a further three legs and the first 180 of the championship to bring the contest to a swift end.
Lazarenko, 51, responded with a 13-darter but Burnett reeled off the next four legs before producing a 157 checkout - the highest of the tournament so far - to move within one of victory.
By MIKE WALTERS PHIL 'The Power' Taylor reeled off seven legs without reply as he recovered from 3-1 down to topple Simon Whitlock.
And Folly Lane Old Boys paid dearly for their temerity in taking the lead against Gatehouse Tavern as the home side reeled off ten on the spin - Callum Woodward leading the way with four while defender Callum Hennessy bagged his first two for the club.
TIM NUNNERLEY took his sesason's tally to 23 with a hat-trick as Guilsfield reeled off their fourth straight home win.
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With an average age of about 11, it's amazing how much knowledge they have and I stood in amazement as they reeled off fact after fact about the Subaru Impreza ( but then again this is a car that will appeal to anyone interested in performance models.
Not Neil Diamond, who drew thousands down ash-choked freeways to Staples Center, where the performer reeled off five decades of hits in a refreshing two-hour show that was thankfully short of show-biz smoke and mirrors.
Since joining the stable of Alain de Royer-Dupre, Dark Moondancer has reeled off victories in the Prix d'Harcourt, the Prix Ganay and the Gran Premio di Milano.
Lowey (27-2, 18 KOs), of Dundonald, Ireland, reeled off 21 consecutive wins to open his professional career, including 14 by knockout.