take-off

takeoff

[teyk-awf, -of]
noun
1.
a taking or setting off; the leaving of the ground, as in leaping or in beginning a flight in an airplane.
2.
a taking off from a starting point, as in beginning a race.
3.
the place or point at which a person or thing takes off.
4.
a humorous or satirical imitation; burlesque.
5.
Machinery. a shaft geared to a main shaft for running auxiliary machinery.
6.
a branch connection to a pipe, electric line, etc.
Also, take-off.


Origin:
1820–30; noun use of verb phrase take off

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take-off
also takeoff, "caricature," colloquial, 1846, from earlier sense of "thing that detracts from something, drawback" (1826), from take (v.) + off. Meaning "act of becoming airborne" is from 1904 in reference to aircraft; in reference to jumping, it is attested from 1869.
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