spell off

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spell off (third-person singular simple present spells off, present participle spelling off, simple past and past participle spelled off or (mostly UK) spelt off)

  1. In a spelling bee, of two or more participants, to spell words one after the other until a champion is determined. Usually refers to a series of rounds of spelling in which no spellers are eliminated.
  2. (broadly) To participate in a spelling bee.

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spell off (plural spell offs)

  1. Alternative spelling of spell-off

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Verb[edit]

spell off (third-person singular simple present spells off, present participle spelling off, simple past and past participle spelled off)

  1. (transitive) To relieve (a worker) temporarily by taking his or her place.

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