see someone off

see off

1. To accompany one to the place where they will be departing and wish them farewell. A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "off." John offered to see me off to the train station, but I was so sad to leave that I preferred to go alone. I'm just going to see our guests off. I'll be back shortly.
2. In sports, to defeat one's opponent. A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "off." Primarily heard in UK. Man United managed to see off Man City with a dramatic 3–2 victory. The young team is looking to see their rivals off in the semifinals.
3. To repel or fend off some attack or attacker. A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "off." The king's soldiers were able to see off the invasion, though the castle's defenses were weakened dramatically as a result. Our superior military will be able to see the rebel forces off without difficulty.
See also: off, see
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see someone off

Take leave of someone, as in We saw our guests off at the door, or They came to the airport to see us off. This expression was first recorded in 1809. Also see see out, def. 1.
See also: off, see, someone
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.
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