make off

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make off

  1. (intransitive) To run away; to exit
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
      [H]e was so frightened, being new to the sight, that he made off again, and never stopped until he had run a mile or more.
  2. To tie off, fix down or terminate the end of a rope, cable or thread
    • 1958, Transactions of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, vol. 49
      The object of good end-box technique is to make off the cable in a manner which resists ingress of air, moisture and cable box compound into the cable with as little interference with the lay and structure of the cable as possible.
    • 2007, FCS Electrical Systems and Construction L2, ISBN 1770256008.
      Make off the cable ends in metal glands.
    • 2014, Ralph Naranjo, The Art of Seamanship, ISBN 0071791582.
      If the fairlead (a cleat, chock, or genoa car to make off the line on) is located amidships...