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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 the python

vulgar slang Of a male, to urinate. "Python" is a slang term for the penis. Primarily heard in Australia. Excuse me a minute. After all those beers, I need to go siphon the python.
See also: python, siphon
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

siphon off

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
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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The Damansara MP said Najib cannot continue to claim ignorance over the billions of ringgit that had been allegedly funnelled into his private bank accounts when he is able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of funds siphoned from 1MDB's wholly-owned subsidiary TRX City Sdn Bhd (TRXC) to pay its parent company's debts.
Pua noted Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng's disclosure last Thursday that the government was forced to extend up to RM2.8 billion of funds to ensure TRXC was able to fulfil its obligations to complete required infrastructure works for the 70-acre Tun Razak Exchange project after finding out that RM3.067 billion had been siphoned by 1MDB for other purposes.
The protesters claimed that over Rs250 million (Dh17.2 million) has been siphoned off from government schemes.
It was shortly after he had siphoned some of the fluid that Mr Forbes suddenly fell ill.