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[teyk-awf, -of] /ˈteɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
a taking or setting off; the leaving of the ground, as in leaping or in beginning a flight in an airplane.
a taking off from a starting point, as in beginning a race.
the place or point at which a person or thing takes off.
a humorous or satirical imitation; burlesque.
Machinery. a shaft geared to a main shaft for running auxiliary machinery.
a branch connection to a pipe, electric line, etc.
Origin of takeoff
1820-30; noun use of verb phrase take off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There were newsreel shots of V-1 and V-2 being blasted from their takeoff ramps and a montage of later experimental models.

    The Old Die Rich Horace Leonard Gold
  • Might as well be cement for all the good it did me at takeoff.

    The Dope on Mars John Michael Sharkey
  • Shut the front damper—open the back one—then takeoff a griddle.

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll
  • He hustled Groverzb out to a freight ship that was warming up for takeoff.

    Quiet, Please Kevin Scott
  • He'd beaten them all to Trehos only because they'd figured to catch his takeoff by the rocket flashes.

    Beyond The Thunder H. B. Hickey
Word Origin and History for takeoff

also take-off, "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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for takeoff

take no shit

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take shit

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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