send off

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send (one) off

1. To tell or order one to leave or go home. There weren't any customers, so I sent the staff off early. I offered to help, but he just sent me off.
2. To send one some place in order to do or retrieve something. I didn't feel like cooking tonight, so I sent the kids off to pick up a pizza. My parents are sending me off to summer camp to get some exercise and fresh air.
3. To give one good wishes before a departure; to bid one farewell. I got really emotional when all my friends arrived to send me off at the end of the summer. We're all going to the airport to send Jeffrey off tomorrow.
4. To remove one from a sporting event. The coach sent me off after I started cursing at the referee. Their striker was sent off in the first half with a red card.
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send off

1. To submit or dispatch something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "off." I sent my application off this morning, so hopefully I'll hear back soon. We'll be sending your order off as soon as we've received payment. I sent off that email this morning! Didn't you get it?
2. To emit or emanate something. The burning wreckage sent off plumes of acrid black smoke. He claimed that the pylons built on his land were sending off electromagnetic waves that controlled his actions.
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An organized demonstration of good wishes for someone who is departing. I got really emotional when all my friends arrived to give me a send-off before I moved away to Maine. Everyone in the office wanted to throw you a party on Friday as an informal send-off on your new career direction.
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send someone off (to something)

to send someone away to something or some place, especially away on a journey; to be present when someone sets out on a journey to something or some place. We sent both kids off to camp this summer and had peace in the house for the first time in years. Liz sent Karen off to the store.
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send something off (to someone or something)

to dispatch something to someone, something, or some place. I will send the package off to you in tomorrow's mail. Karen sent off a letter to her aunt.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

send off

1. To release or submit something, especially by mail or by electronic means: I sent off my application last week. I put a stamp on the letter and sent it off.
2. To order someone to leave in order to do something or to attend some event or place: The managers ordered a pizza and sent off an assistant to pick it up. My parents sent me off to boarding school when I was only ten years old.
3. To assist or be present at someone's departure: When I retired, my coworkers sent me off with a big party. A crowd gathered at the train station to send off the politician.
4. send off for To send a request for something, especially by mail: The mechanic sent off for a replacement part.
5. Sports To eject someone from a game, especially for a flagrant violation of the rules: The referee stopped the game and sent off two of the players for fighting. The umpire sent me off after I threw my tennis racket into the crowd.
See also: off, send
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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D'Urso failed to send off Blackburn's Barry Ferguson after twice booking him during Rovers' Premiership game at Southampton on Saturday.
Furious Birmingham manager Steve Bruce said he was "baffled" by referee Barry Knight's decision to send off keeper Maik Taylor for handball outside his area in first-half stoppage time.
Shearer, who had tried to persuade Poll not to send off Parlour three minutes from half-time after the midfielder tripped him, was among the players trying to hold back the furious Henry.