whisk off(redirected from whisked them off)
1. To remove something (from some place) very suddenly or hurriedly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whisk" and "off." The journalists had barely been given a glimpse at the company's secretive new prototype before it was being whisked off again. I wish you hadn't whisked my plate off like that—I was still eating!
2. To brush or sweep something off of the surface of someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whisk" and "off." My wife whisked the cat hair off my shoulder before I left for my interview. Let me just whisk off these hair clippings before you sit down, sir.
3. To escort or accompany someone away (from some place) very abruptly or hurriedly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whisk" and "off." Security forces whisked the president off after the first gunshots were heard. I wish my husband would just whisk me off to somewhere exotic like Thailand or the Bahamas for a week.
4. To bring someone on a romantic or exciting journey (to some place) away from home. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whisk" and "off." I wish my husband would just whisk me off to somewhere exotic like Thailand or the Bahamas for a week. Before we knew it, we were whisked off on a whirlwind adventure around the globe.
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whisk (someone or an animal) off
to brush [something] off someone or an animal. The barber quickly whisked him off and collected the fee. The barber whisked off the customer.
whisk someone or something off (to something)
to move someone or something to something or some place rapidly. The government agents whisked the witness off to a secret place. They whisked off the suspect to a holding cell.
whisk something off (of) someone or somethingand whisk something off
to brush something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The barber whisked the loose hairs off of the customer. The barber whisked off the loose hairs.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To remove something from the surface of someone or something with quick light sweeping motions: My friend whisked the crumbs off the table.
2. To remove something or someone from something swiftly and quietly: The waiter whisked the dish off the table. They whisked the actor off the stage.
3. To escort, conduct, or carry someone or something swiftly and quietly away: The bodyguards whisked off the politician after the speech. My parents whisked us off. The victim was whisked off to the hospital.
4. To depart on an errand swiftly and quietly: The salesperson whisked off and returned with the perfect gift.
5. To indulge someone's fancy by conducting or transporting them away: My partner whisked me off to New York. The butler whisked off the guests to the dining room.
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.