to make a short break in a journey
Example: We stopped off at an old castle for some site seeing.
to cause something to begin
Example: Well done to our U12 boys who started off the season with super win over ABC United.
FINISH OFF (WITH)
to destroy, to kill someone or to complete with something
Example: It was a great meal, we finished off with coffee and mints.
to emit, to produce smell, heat, fumes, etc
Example: There was some food inside the microwave that gave off terrible smell.
TO PALM OFF
to dismiss someone’s questions with non-committal or untrue answers
Example: Peter thinks that he can palm me off with any excuse, but he’s wrong. I want to know the truth.
When we cannot attend an event we originally agreed to attend because of a particular reason we often say “sorry, I am going to have to cry off, something important has come up”.
Example: Antonio was really looking forward to the game of tennis. He had arranged to play with Miguel on Saturday. Late on Friday Miguel called to say he had injured his back and would have to cry off from the game of tennis.
MAKE OFF WITH
This is often used to describe a situation where a robbery takes place and the robbers or thieves run away with what ever they had targeted.
Example: The robbers spent 2 days over the weekend tunnelling (digging) under the bank. They got into the safe without much difficulty and took a lot of cash and other valuables with them. The police estimated that they had made off with over $1m. !
1. If we decide to go away for a few days or on a longer holiday we can use this phrasal verb to let people know what we are doing.
Example: I am going to head off for a few days to England.
2. We can also use it in more general terms to indicate we are going to leave somewhere.
Example: I think I will head off home now I am tired.
3. Finally, it can also be used to try to block someone from progressing with an idea or a plan.
Example: “I do not like the boss’s idea to expand the business so quickly” – says Peter. “Don’t worry” – his colleague says. “I will talk to him tomorrow and try to head him off (change his mind) before he goes too far”.