scale off(redirected from scaled them off)
1. To come off (of something) in flakes or small pieces. The gold paint began to scale off of the statue, revealing the cheap brass beneath. The creature's skin becomes so dry that it starts scaling off in the arid desert air.
2. To remove or cause something to come off in flakes or small pieces. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "scale" and "off." One thing I don't miss about living in Colorado is scaling ice off my windshield at 7 AM during the winter. They gave me a wire brush to scale off rust from the steel plates.
3. To base the proportions of one's drawing off of someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "scale" and "off." I scaled my sketches off the official artwork of the character. We built a model of the proposed skyscraper, scaling it off of numerous pictures of the city.
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