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siphon off

1. To suck or draw off a liquid from or out of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "siphon" and "off." The thief was caught siphoning off gas from cars parked around the city. You'll want to siphon any excess oil off from the top of the solution.
2. By extension, to take funds, especially illegally or deceitfully, from another source in small increments. A noun or pronoun can be used between "siphon" and "off." The CEO has been accused of siphoning money off from his employees' pensions funds to pay for his personal trips around the world. The sales assistant siphoned off money from the till for years before she was finally caught.
See also: off, siphon

siphon something off

 (from something)
1. Lit. to suck or draw a liquid off from something. Harry siphoned the cream off the milk. He siphoned off the cream.
2. Fig. to embezzle or steal something a little at a time. The teller had been siphoning money off for years. she siphoned off a few dollars from the collection every week or so.
See also: off, siphon

siphon off

v.
1. To draw off or convey something through or as if through a siphon: I used a tube to siphon off the excess water in the fish tank. The lawn mower ran out of gas, so we siphoned some off from the car's gas tank.
2. To appropriate some money illegally or dishonestly: The managers were siphoning off money from the foundation and putting it into secret accounts. The dictator siphoned millions of dollars off and hid the money in private bank accounts.
See also: off, siphon
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"Israel could lay a pipeline horizontally to siphon off Lebanese gas, which is sitting only 4 kilometers away from the new discovered Israeli field," Bassil said.
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Thanks in part to the appointment of Yeltsin's son-in-law as the company's head, Berezovsky was able to siphon off huge chunks of Aeroflot's considerable hard currency earnings through a series of shell companies in Switzerland.
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They had not themselves been paid a salary or other compensation, and are not relatives of H; they had no financial or other incentive to allow H to siphon off dividends in the form of salary.
I would happily take my entire 401(k) and endow any university that would siphon off a fraction of its funds for studying the effects of glamorized depictions of heavy artillery and put it toward research into the psychic damage wrought by ignorant people saying stupid things in such a manner that many others can hear them.
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The rightwing voucher movement is seizing on the poor quality of many of our schools as an excuse to gut the whole project of public education and siphon off public money into private schools.
Built on the premise of greater convenience at competitive prices, the company had ambitious plans to siphon off FTD market share by taking orders through a toll-free phone line and filling them at local retail shops.
The accused was able to siphon off Dh48,000, by forging 10 invoices, he pointed out.
According to Special Programmes minister Esther Murugi, the government was spending a lot of money on treatment of fire victims who failed to heed warnings not to siphon off fuel.
A CLEANER at a Birmingham hospital who used a dying patient's stolen savings book in a bid to siphon off pounds 8,000 has been jailed for nine months.
Officials in Ballymena want to siphon off methane from a landfill site at Ballymacvea outside the Co Antrim town.
Porridgery isn't the only business that may see its sales tumble in the next few years as manufacturers of more glamorous merchandise siphon off expendable cash.