mark off

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mark off (third-person singular simple present marks off, present participle marking off, simple past and past participle marked off)

  1. (transitive) To separate by or as with a boundary line.
    • 1913, Catholic Encyclopedia[1]:
      The Latin form, templum, from which the English temple is derived, originally signified an uncovered area marked off by boundaries; especially the place marked off by the augurs to be excepted from all profane uses."
    • 1916, John Dewey, Democracy and Education:
      A society marked off into classes need be specially attentive only to the education of its ruling elements.
  2. (transitive) To indicate as dealt with, as on a list.