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take off like a bat out of hell

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take off

verb phrase
  1. To leave; depart; split: They all took off for Houston (1813+)
  2. To have a sudden success, spurt of activity, etc; Take Fire: but nonsense that doesn't take off can be a trial/ Phase 2 of PAC face lift is taking off with a bang (1963+)
  3. To rob; commit burglary; hold up, rip off: We took off a bar/ They want to keep dealing, not just take off two dudes for a little cash (1970+)
  4. To kill; waste, zap (1970s+ Black)
  5. o give oneself a narcotic injection; shoot up (1960s+ Narcotics)
  6. To leave work for a time: I'm going to take off without pay for a week or so (1940s+)
  7. To imitate; mimic; parody: She takes off a drunk hilariously (1750+)

[first sense based on the rising and departure of an airplane]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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