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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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Last year, Kenya Pipeline Company purchased Sh1,000,000 technology to curb fuel theft by acquiring smart dispensing bowsers which track deliveries in a bid to eliminate losses associated with siphoning.Reported by Kate Wanderi, Nancy Naholi and Geoffrey Ondieki
Despite the significant siphoning losses, which Petersen said does not substantially impact Pemex's finances, there is also a human and environmental issue.
The siphoning has also led to explosions and fuel spills.
Siphoning occurs most often in the return line or supply line.
An attorney investigating a siphoning case must determine the location of the break in the fuel line, the fluid level in the tank, and the orientation of the vehicle at the crash scene.
Juries have been highly receptive to plaintiffs' claims of siphoning defects.
Siphoning cases are so successful for three primary reasons.
(14) The company had developed a mechanism to prevent siphoning, which simply consisted of a vent hole in the fuel-return line inside the tank, above the fill level for the gas.
And lorry drivers are being targeted on the road pit-stops by thieves intent on siphoning off diesel for resale.
But Kimmayong told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that they were 90 percent complete with their siphoning operations after removing 4,000 liters of bunker fuel and 140 liters of lube oil from the sunken vessel.
These vessels were advised to lower their speed limit so as not to affect the siphoning operations.
Asked what would happen upon the completion of the siphoning operations, Kimmayong said they would have to wait for the owner to tell them what to do since their contract only covered siphoning operations.
He explained "our divers cannot operate while the oil siphoning is being conducted because it might put their lives in danger."
The oil siphoning operations "will take more than a week," according to Balilo.
"The diving operations will definitely resume as soon as the oil siphoning operation is completed.