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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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Summary: Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Mar 27 (ANI): The cyber crime police has arrested two persons for allegedly siphoning off over Rs three lakh from a bank account by swapping SIMs and forging other details.
The Federal Investigation Agency, on March 7, had claimed to have arrested at least four hackers for siphoning off money from people's bank accounts after managing to get their credit cards' pin code.
The scale and methods used for siphoning off public money are incredulous and mind-boggling,' the prime minister said in a tweet posted on his social media account.
He said that the scale and methods used for siphoning off public money are incredulous and mind-boggling.
On October 1, the ACC also formed a two-member team to conduct an inquiry into allegations of siphoning off money and amassing illegal wealth by Ananta Kumar Sinha, brother of SK Sinha.
'The calibrated reductions in reserve requirement ratios are not intended to signal any change in the prevailing monetary policy stance, as the BSP continues to have the scope to offset their potential liquidity impact via an expansion in auction-based monetary operations,' he said, describing the current scheme of cutting reserves but immediately siphoning off this very same excess cash by offering interest for banks to deposit these funds to the regulator.
Saving billions does not off-set the siphoning off of public money into private accounts.
The detention took place as part of the probe into siphoning off 217 million som budget money within a corruption scheme involving tax and customs authorities, the National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan said.
She is accused of siphoning off 93 million won (US$86,700) from various incentives allotted for each division in the office and spending the money for her own use, such as to buy makeup and gifts for her acquaintances.
The court sitting on the case for siphoning off of more than BGN 2 and a half billion from the Corporate Commercial Bank on 28thA of February continues for second day In the Specialised Court.
Summary: Allegation was that accused were siphoning off funds from micro-finance ventures targeting weaker sections of the Ezahava community
Sebi suspects that the top executives of these brokerage firms could have been hand in glove with the promoters in siphoning off the investors' money as many of them have become untraceable and the show- cause notices served to them have returned undelivered.
Summary: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri's claim that Israel is siphoning off gas from one of Lebanon's offshore reserves has underlined the country's failure to protect its natural wealth and demarcate its territorial waters, experts said Wednesday.
They then removed fuel caps from three diesel laden lorries before siphoning off around 750 litres of fuel - worth more than PS1,050.
Ian Elliott, 53, was on trial at York Crown Court accused of siphoning off large amounts of money from a bank account held by England player Stewart Downing.