put one off

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put one off

  1. Repel or repulse someone, as in His bad manners put her off, or They were put off by the bad smell. [c. 1900]

  2. put someone off. Persuade someone to delay further action, as in He put off the creditors, promising to pay next week, or They managed to put him off from suing. [Early 1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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