spirit off(redirected from spiriting them a tale)
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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.