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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
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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
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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SEAN McCallum reeled off a hattrick to give Newdigate Sports a 4-0 win against Griff & Coton Manor that moved them six points clear at the top of the Division One table.
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After slipping two sets down, he was also a break down at 0-2 in the third before he reeled off eight games in succession to take the third set and lead 2-0 in the fourth.
But after that it was one-way traffic as Murphy, who is playing with immense confidence this season, reeled off the next five frames with runs of 50, 62, 105, 134 and 62.
Although GB began with a pair of encouraging defensive stands, once Spain had found a way through they quickly reeled off 12 points.
The Eagles led by 15, 73-58, opening the final quarter but Everton reeled off the next seven points to make the 5,000-strong home crowd squirm.
The four-time World Championship semi-finalist had been in a strong position at 7-5 up but Dudbridge, the 2004 runner-up, reeled off four successive legs to move to the brink of victory.
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 speed, racing and performance.
DON POOLEY reeled off five straight birdies on the back nine to be among three players tied for the lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Mastercard Championship in Hawaii.
Kuczynski was unable to respond and Welding reeled off the next three legs to win the match easily.
Scholten, known as 'The Tripod', reeled off four straight legs for a well-deserved 8-4 victory.
However, Roy kicked again and reeled off the next three legs to take his place in the next round.
Ozaki reeled off an eagle and six birdies to join compatriot Hiroyuki Fujita and American Ted Purdy at nine-under 135 before heavy rain ended play for the day with 42 players still out on the course.
Wakefield began the day three strokes off the pace and there was little hint of the drama to come as he reeled off eight straight pars.