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spirit off

To take, sneak, or carry someone or something away in a mysterious, secretive, or furtive manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spirit" and "off." Often used in passive constructions. Someone spirited off the suspect just before he was due to be arraigned in court. Evidence of the politician's involvement in the scandal appears to have been spirited off. The sneaky child spirited the candy off while no one was looking.
See also: off, spirit

spirit someone or something off (to some place)

to hurry someone or something away, presumably unnoticed, to another place. Aunt Jane spirited the children off to bed at half-past eight. She spirited off the leftover roast beef.
See also: off, spirit
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If team spirit off the pitch is anything to go by, gelling together on it shouldn't be a problem as Swansea begin their quest for a second promotion in a row.
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From his birth, the Wind has been with him, teasing his golden hair and taking his spirit off to fly among the meadows and chimney pots of Branion.
He made it instantly obvious how much he liked my aggressive style on the pitch, although he misinterpreted how far I was prepared to extend my fighting spirit off it.
Graydon's first quest was to create a real team spirit off the pitch.
Jura Distillery assistant manager Willie Cochrane said yesterday that, without a vehicle ferry to move waste products and spirit off the island, it was impossible to continue production.
Even in training sessions, there is a good atmosphere as everyone works hard and works together and team spirit off the field ends up working its magic on the pitch.